St. Peter’s College. Fr James Wall Bursary Recipient

At St. Peter’s College we continue to strive to provide a learning environment where the potential in each child is realised and the learning opportunities are endless.

Catholic Education Week is launched with a Leadership Mass in Traralgon followed by a dinner. It is in this forum where high achieving students will be acknowledged. 

2018 Award Mikayla Van Der Velden

pictured with from L to R: Mr Matthew Cassin, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Development Fund, Ms Maria Kirkwood, Chief Executive Officer, Diocese of Sale Education Ltd, Mikayla Van Der Velden, Fr Pat O'Regan, Bishop of Sale, Mr Chris Black, Principal St. Peter's College

Congratulations Mikayla Van der Velden

One such student is Mikayla Van der Velden. Mikayla is to be awarded the Fr James Wall Bursary. This is awarded to a Year 10 Catholic secondary school student who demonstrates leadership potential in a range of areas, including science, arts, public speaking, sporting activities, community service and social justice activities. Mikayla will be awarded a $4,000 bursary through the generous support of the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) in conjunction with the Catholic Education Office Sale.

Key selection criteria includes, leadership in school and community. The successful candidate demonstrates inclusivity, cooperation and a commitment to making a difference. They have demonstrated leadership potential with a willingness to coordinate and organise activities. They possess a strong emphasis on helping others and providing service to others. Mikayla  was selected from a very strong field of candidates, across three Diocese, Melbourne, Sale and Bunbury.

She is a deserved recipient. Mikayla has undertaken leadership roles since she first arrived at the College. She has been a Forum Leader during all of her school years and served as Student Representative Council in 2017. She has also held the role of student representative on the College Uniform Sub-committee. She is active in all areas of College life including: sporting, academic; expressive arts; community service; social justice; and mentoring. Mikayla has been recognised previously through awards for poetry and creative writing, sporting accomplishments, art, and leadership. Mikayla has been an active member of the College Youth Ministry Program, where she aims to achieve multiple goals with one activity. She drove the ‘Bike & Blend’ initiative that raised money for Caritas while promoting healthy living and stewardship for the Earth. Mikayla is active in her parish volunteering as an altar server and undertaking assistant work in the piety store. She is involved with the City of Casey youth outreach service and has been a key organiser of youth arts events providing an outlet for young people to use their gifts and talents within their community”.

The St. Peter’s College Community warmly congratulates Mikayla on her Award.