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Local students awarded for academic excellence.



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Andrew Laming MP Federal Member for Bowman

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, 21 July 2005 MR05.059

LOCAL STUDENTS AWARDED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Five students from the Redlands were today presented with awards for academic achievement in secondary education by The Hon Brendan Nelson MP, Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training and Andrew Laming MP, Member for Bowman.

Emily Shaw (Wellington Point SHS), Philip Eames (Carmel College), Rhiannon McLaren (Redlands College), Deborah Barnes (Moreton Bay College) and Joseph Kelly (Iona College), all received a certificate of achievement and $2,000 for winning the 2005 Australian Students Prize.

Andrew Laming congratulated each of the award winners on their success.

“These awards celebrate the outstanding achievement of the very best students who graduate from our secondary schools each year. Winners of these prizes are of the highest academic calibre and I congratulate these local students on their outstanding results.”

The Australian Students Prize is an Australian Government initiative designed to give national recognition to academic excellence and achievement in secondary education, particularly in senior secondary years.

Mr Laming also congratulated local teacher Jennifer Proctor of Mary MacKillop School for being awarded a scholarship for school careers advisers.

The Australian Government has provided $480,000 in 2005 for these scholarships, which will see 27 career advisers undergo further professional development and study, and an additional 27 undertake an industry placement of their choice.

The study scholarships, each worth $5,000, will help recipients study at post-graduate level to upgrade their career adviser qualifications. This supports the Government’s plan to develop professional standards for career practitioners through the Career Industry Council of Australia.

“Career advisers play a vital role in helping young people develop strong career management skills, make smart choices and achieve their aspirations. Good advisers identify and draw out each student’s strengths and aspirations, and provide guidance and information to help them map out the best plan for their future,” said Andrew Laming.

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