Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

Top year 12 students awarded Beazley Medals

6/01/2012 12:00 AM
  • Winners from Trinity College and Woodvale Secondary College
  • Nearly 13,200 year 12s sat examinations in four or more WACE courses

The winners of the 2011 Beazley Medals were announced today by Education Minister Liz Constable.


Calum Braham, 16, who attended Trinity College and Nicole Kerr, 17, a student at Woodvale Secondary College won the prestigious prizes.  Calum was awarded the Beazley Medal: WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) for his academic achievement, and Nicole received the Beazley Medal: Vocational Education and Training for her excellence in vocational courses.


Calum’s potential was recognised early, with the student skipping year 2.


“Calum’s achievements are all the more impressive given that he is a year younger than most of his peers,” Dr Constable said.


“In addition to his Beazley Medal: WACE, which is presented to the top-ranked General Exhibition winner, Calum has been awarded a General Exhibition; a Course Exhibition in Physics; certificates of distinction in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; and a Certificate of Excellence.


“Calum, together with two other students, was also this year’s most awarded student with seven awards.  He has a very bright future ahead of him, and intends to study mathematics or science, or both, at The University of Western Australia.


“I congratulate him on this special achievement.”


Nicole not only completed an outstanding vocational program, but studied four WACE courses as well.


Nicole completed Certificates II and III in Business and Certificates I and II in Hospitality. She also studied Accounting and Finance, English, Ancient History and Mathematics, all at Stage 3.


“Our previous Beazley Medal winners have achieved great success in their further education or careers and this award opens up many opportunities,” the Minister said.


“I understand Nicole plans to study commerce at university, and judging by her success in year 12, there are many more special things to come from this brilliant student.”


Dr Constable said she was also pleased to see so many students graduating from high school. Last year, more than 21,000 students achieved the Western Australian Certificate of Education.


       Fact File

  • General exhibitions are awarded to the 40 top students, who study five courses, with at least two each from the humanities/social sciences list and the mathematics/science list.  To receive a Certificate of Distinction, a student must be in the top .05 per cent of candidates in the course.  Certificates of Excellence are awarded to students who achieve at least 18 A grades during years 11 and 12
  • The Beazley Medal: WACE is awarded to the eligible student with the top Curriculum Council award score, based on the average of five scaled scores with at least two from humanities/social sciences and two from the mathematics/science/technology list
  • The Beazley Medal: VET is awarded to the eligible student who demonstrates the best results in a VET program
  • Additional information is attached

Minister’s office - 9222 9699


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