Yvonne Chen - International Student of the Year
2016 Year 12 student wins International School Student of the Year and Year 12 Student Leadership Award
On Wednesday April 16th, Jill English (Principal) and Lois Kruger (International Student Coordinator) attended the Victorian International School Student Awards at Parliament House. Yvonne (Yifang) Chen, our nominee for the Leadership Award, attended along with her very proud Homestay family, Peta and David Soorkia
The Hon. Judith Graley, Parliamentary Secretary to the Education Minister and Deputy Premier, presented the awards. We are very pleased to announce that not only did Yvonne win the Leadership Award, she also won the Ambassador International School Student of the Year Award!
The Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary spoke about how "the award winners have risen above the unique challenges faced by international students - an unfamiliar country, a new language, and the tug of homesickness - to thrive in their schools. The international awards are also an opportunity to recognise the significant contributions international students make to our schools, including the internationalisation of Victorian classrooms. By studying in Victoria, international students are not only developing their global perspective, but are also helping our local students develop these skills too".
In her acceptance speech, Yvonne thanked her wonderful homestay family who had given her a place to call home in Melbourne. She also thanked the teachers at Strathmore, "whose passion for teaching, guidance and loving encouragement" helped her achieve what she has achieved. Importantly she also thanked all of her friends, international and local, who had been by her side for the last two years, "encouraging and learning from one another".
Yvonne won the award for her excellent academic performance and her leadership of the international students, but mostly for building bridges between the international and local student groups.
Strathmore Secondary College has earned a lot of respect from our performance in these prestigious awards. In the 5 years of the awards, we have won the Ambassador Student of the Year Award twice, the top Academic Award and top Leadership Award, and a second place for the top Academic award. As Yvonne pointed out, it is not just the winning students’ significant achievements; it is also the teachers, other welcoming Strathmore students and homestay families who deserve the accolades for such a wonderful performance.
I would like to congratulate Ms Lois Kruger on the outstanding international program and Yvonne Chen on the achievement of this prestigious award.
View the video on the International School Students Victoria Facebook page -