Issue 7
Monday, 09 May 2016
Charles Darwin University
Essington School student Natasha Byrne
Essington School student Natasha Byrne

Award activates high schoolers at CDU

By Katie Weiss

Six high school students who are studying or training at Charles Darwin University have received an award that aims to empower young Australians.

Essington School student Natasha Byrne was the only Territorian to receive a silver award in the recent round of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Natasha said she chose to complete the “Academic literacies through exploring sustainability” unit at CDU during her final year of high school to help her prepare for university.

“Studying the unit will give me a good head start into university,” she said.

Natasha said she planned to study psychology after graduating.

Bronze level awards were given to five students completing a certificate as part of CDU’s Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program.

The VETiS program assists students in reaching their career goals by helping them gain a qualification during their high school years. Bronze awardees included:

  • Certificate III in Hospitality student from Essington School, Romney Julicher
  • Certificate II in Retail Services students from Essington School, Samantha Rae and Beatrice Carter
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation student from Essington School, Lara Andropov
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation student from the Junior Police Rangers program, Tilly Grotaers.

The CDU VETiS and higher education students were among more than 50 Territorians in the recent round to receive an award.