Congratulations to Kade Hyde who has been shortlisted for the 2021 Insight Creative Writing Competition. This is a national competition so to reach the final five in the Year 8 category is a phenomenal effort. The winner is announced on 25 November. Good luck Kade and congratulations on this achievement!

We would also like to congratulate Patrick Fitzgerald on being chosen as the recipient of the 2021 Deakin Young Influencer Award. This award is open to all Year 11 students and Patrick was selected as St Joseph’s College Geelong’s winner, which is an incredible achievement.

The Deakin Young Influencer Award recognises excellence and celebrates students who are truly motivated to make a positive difference in the world - now and into the future. Deakin believes strongly in acknowledging outstanding students, who stand for the same values that we do. The University has rewarded Patrick’s efforts and achievements with a $5000 scholarship to support his first year of study at Deakin in 2023.

Patrick’s willingness to help others shines through in his academic and personal endeavours. His eagerness to offer his time and assistance, whether that be to elderly members of the community or those less fortunate, is commendable. It takes a special kind of person to always put others first and make them feel included, valued and equal, yet for Patrick, this comes naturally. His values of empathy, understanding and community leadership will help him flourish in all he strives to achieve.

Patrick, I wish you all the best with your VCE studies and look forward to welcoming you at Deakin University in 2023.

Congratulations Patrick, we wish you all the best and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.