On 18 April 2024, Michael Blood and President George de Souza attended the Box Hill Institute Student Awards. For the first time, the club sponsored three awards. The winners were:
Foundation Student of the Year - Celeste Rattray-Wood left; Certificate I in Work Education
Celeste (middle) had a remarkable 2023, filled with impressive academic and work-related achievements including part-time employment for the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with a Disability (VALID). She attended the Speak Out Disability Expo in Tasmania on behalf of the organisation and spoke about her personal experiences living with a disability.
Trainee Student of the Year: Karen Sproat; Diploma Early Childhood Education & Care.
Karen’s (far right) aptitude for early childhood education is reflected in the outstanding quality of her coursework and her ability to apply her learning at the workplace.
She has received lots of praise for the skills and knowledge she displayed during her kindergarten placement.
Trainee Student of the Year: David Zanotto; Certificate III in HorticultureLeadership is one of David’s great strengths and he took pride in guiding younger students through the challenging parts of the course. He often volunteered to lead group projects, and his maturity and relationship management skills with peers and other stakeholders shone through.
David consistently worked hard to stay on top of his studies, and he would make a great ambassador for BHI.
On 24 April 2024, the club received a letter of thanks. Below is an extract:
Dear Michael & George,
I am writing to extend my sincerest gratitude for your contribution to the Box Hill Institute Student Awards.
The event was a resounding success with 40 student finalists recognised for their outstanding achievements across various sectors of vocational, secondary, and higher education.  As an award partner, your contribution plays a crucial role in supporting the future leaders of our emerging workforce and helps to shine a spotlight on their remarkable accomplishments as students.
It is through partnerships like yours that we can honour exceptional talent and celebrate our commitment to learning. Your investment not only acknowledges our students’ hard work but also motivates them to continue striving for excellence in their academic and professional pursuits.
Your collaboration and support are vital to ensure we continue to meet our commitment to life-changing learning. We thank you for your contribution and we are excited to build on the strength of our partnership in the future.
Kind Regards,
Hemant Kokularupan
Executive Director Student Experience