Western Sydney Catholic school students well trained for career success

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Relieving Executive Director Sue Walsh is thrilled by outstanding HSC results from Vocational Education and Training (VET) students across Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s network of 22 secondary schools and two Catholic Trade Training Centres. High achievers include Emma Grant from Catherine McAuley Westmead who came First in Course in NSW in the Hospitality Kitchen Operations Examination, one of six students who received top-ten places in their courses. 

‘We’re so proud of these dedicated young people,’ Sue said. ‘Their recognition through the HSC Honours List is testament to their professional approach to their studies. Clearly, each of these students has a bright future ahead.’

Earlier this year, Jordan Ciappara from St Andrew’s College, Marayong won the 2017 VET in Schools Student of the Year Award for the Western Sydney Region. His dedication was further recognised this week when the Woodcroft local received his HSC results, coming 9th in NSW in the Business Services Examination. 

Jordan Ciappara was recognised with a 2017 NSW Training Award (Photo credit: NSW Training Awards)
Jordan Ciappara was recognised with a 2017 NSW Training Award (Photo credit: NSW Training Awards)

Jordan studied Business Services, completing Certificate II in Business and organised his own work placement at the Credit and Investment Ombudsman. He has also mentored other students undertaking vocational studies and is ‘10 000% dedicated’ to pursuing a career in finance. 

‘I’ve discovered a passion,’ Jordan said. ‘It’s just something I want to do. Once you find where you want to be in life, chase that and don’t let go.’

Catherine McAuley Westmead students Patricia Koubersi and Caitlin Ram also excelled in the Business Services Examination, achieving 5th and sharing 9th place in NSW respectively. 

St Paul’s Catholic College, Greystanes student Justin Brien achieved 5th place in the Information and Digital Technology Examination. He has already been snapped up through the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta ICT Traineeship Program and is providing technical support to Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, Kellyville and Santa Sophia Catholic College, opening in 2018. 

‘I was extremely surprised by my results,’ Justin said. ‘I can't wait to see where this can take me.’

Catherine McAuley Westmead student Emma Grant was very excited to achieve First in Course in the Hospitality Examination. She strongly recommends that students considering HSC subject choices be guided by their passions. 

“You’ve got to do the subjects you enjoy,” Emma said. “The key to success is to have fun with it.”

Emma Grant
Emma Grant's achievement has opened new possibilities as she considers her academic options for 2018 (photo credit: NESA)

Marina Zuvela from Marian Catholic College, Kenthurst had an outstanding result, also in Hospitality, coming 9th in NSW. 

VET is a particular strength for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta with Catholic Trade Training Centres at Loyola Senior High, Mount Druitt and McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains recently recognised as Finalists at the Australian Training Awards. VET studies develop enterprise and employability skills and can lead directly into apprenticeships or traineeships. 

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta congratulates each student, their family, school and teachers on these terrific HSC results.
Posted By CathEd Parra at 15/12/2017 1:24:36 PM

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