On Friday 6 November Claire Phillips from the Science faculty had the great pleasure of accompanying Hallam Patrikka to the Victor Change Awards at Figtree High School. This award program is sponsored by the Victor Change Cardiac Research Institute and is awarded to students in recognition of outstanding efforts in Science. The Science Faculty of Albion Park High School nominated Hallam due to his excellent efforts to achieve the highest mark in both Preliminary Chemistry and Biology.
The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Professor Jamie Vandenberg from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute who spoke to the students about the joys of pursuing a career in scientific research. Professor Vandenberg touched on the fact that a large number of future careers will rely on the logical thought processes taught in scientific disciplines, and that they are already ahead of many in their cohort.
He mentioned the opportunities both within Australia and around the world for the growth of STEM-based careers and interpreting the research outputs into tangible products. Professor Vandenberg also spoke to the students about the importance of mentors. Initially these will be their parents and teachers, but to reach out and look for connections through universities and businesses to find the people who will both inspire and challenge them to reach their full abilities.
In addition to this prestigious award, Hallam has been invited to tour the Victor Change Institute in early December. This is an amazing opportunity for a student who has worked consistently throughout his schooling career. The Science faculty are very proud of the hard work that our students are doing and hope for many more such achievements.