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The Victorian Global Learning Awards are a celebration and recognition of what brings us together, the strength of Victoria’s international relationships and the esteem with which we are held internationally for global learning and engagement. But most importantly it is a celebration of our students, teachers, parents, principals and homestay families, and the contribution they make to our schools and community.

The Victorian Government congratulates the 2021 award recipients who are ambassadors for international education in Melbourne, Victoria.

School Award

  • Excellence In Global Learning Award – Non-government School: Kardinia International College

Homestay Family Awards

  • Homestay Family of the Year Award Commendation Award – Government School: Jennifer Yates, Frankston High School
  • Homestay Family of the Year Award – Government School: Carolyn Dillon, Brighton Secondary College

Academic Excellence Awards

  • Year 11 Academic Excellence Commendation Award: Dohun Yun, Auburn High School
  • Year 11 Academic Excellence Commendation: Rui Xue (Rachel) Zhou, Kardinia International College
  • Year 11 Academic Excellence Award Winner: Xinyi (Cindy) Shi, Highvale Secondary College
  • Year 12 Academic Excellence Commendation Award: Xinze (William) Zheng, Balwyn High School
  • Year 12 Academic Excellence Award Winner: Chuting (Tina) Tang, Balwyn High School

Arts Achievement Awards

  • Year 11 Arts Achievement (Visual Arts) Commendation Award: Quynh Nguyen, Keysborough College
  • Year 12 Arts Achievement (Performing Arts) Award: Yicheng (Ethan) Lu, Eltham College

Community Engagement Awards

  • Year 11 Community Engagement Award: Chi Kiet Vong, Forest Hill College
  • Year 12 Community Engagement Award: Yuhan (Anna) Jin, Balwyn High School

Global Citizenship Awards

  • Year 11 Global Citizenship Commendation Award: Vinh Danh (Kevin) Ho, East Doncaster Secondary College
  • Year 11 Global Citizenship Award: Tien Hieu (Harry) Bui, Doncaster Secondary College

Resilience and Innovation Awards

  • Year 11 Resilience and Innovation Commendation Award: Xinyue (Asteria) Deng, Highvale Secondary College
  • Year 11 Resilience and Innovation Award: Jiarui (Jerry) Yan, Camberwell High School
  • Year 11 Resilience and Innovation Award: Wai Ting (Minnie) Leung, East Doncaster Secondary College
  • Year 12 Resilience and Innovation Award: Masaya Shakano, Brighton Secondary College

Student Leadership Awards

  • Year 11 Student Leadership Award: Chi Lap (Andy) Kuok, Ashwood High School
  • Year 12 Student Leadership Commendation Award: Kunyang (Kerry) Chen, Balwyn High School
  • Year 12 Student Leadership Award: Quoc Duy (John) Nguyen, Brighton Secondary College

International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award

  • Chuting (Tina) Tang, Balwyn High School

Congratulations to all of you!

The annual Victorian Global Learning Awards celebrate international student excellence and recognise schools and homestay families for outstanding global learning and engagement. The awards are open to all current Victorian year 11 and 12 international school students, government and non-government schools and ​their homestay families. ​​ ​

Nominations for the 2022 Victorian Global Learning Awards open shortly.

Award categories

There are ten award categories. Seven awards are open to international students in years 11 and 12. The International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award is open only to year 12 international students. There is also one award for a non-government school and one award for a homestay family.
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School​ and Homestay Awards 

Excellence in Global Learning Award (Non-government school)

The Excellence in Global Learning Award recognises non-government schools who effectively embed internationalisation through delivery of a robust International Student Program and/or global learning programs such as sister schools, overseas teacher and student learning experiences, cultural immersion programs and integration of internationalisation into the curriculum. The Excellence in Global Learning Award is a whole school award to enable recognition and promotion of global learning programs and excellence across Victoria.

Please note that the Excellence in Global Learning Award (government schools) is now part of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards and is called the Dr Lawrie Shears Outstanding Global Teaching and Learning Award.

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Homestay Family of the Year The Homestay Family of the Year Award recognises the crucial role that homestay families play in supporting international students by providing the support and safety of a real family throughout their time in our schools. The Homestay Family of the Year Award enables schools and international students to recognise homestay families who go the extra mile through nomination for the award.
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Student Awards

Academic Excellence AwardThe award is presented to a year 12 international student who has achieved the highest ATAR score in VCE or IB equivalent, and to a year 11 international student who has obtained the highest level of achievement in all subjects.
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​Arts Achievement Award (Visual / Performing Arts Categories) One international student from year 11 and one from year 12 will receive the Arts Achievement (Visual Arts) Award. In addition, one international student from year 11 and one from year 12 will receive the Arts Achievement (Performing Arts) Award. This could be evidenced by achievements such as exceptional contribution to and/or participation in the arts. This includes visual and performing arts work as defined in relevant VCE/IB subjects.
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Community Engagement AwardOne international student from year 11 and one from year 12 will receive this award which recognises participation in activities and groups which have a positive impact on the school and the wider community, including environmental sustainability. This could be evidenced by active involvement in community groups, charities or similar organisations.
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Global Citizenship AwardOne international student from year 11 and one from year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding commitment to fostering integration between local and international students, as well as a high level of intercultural competency and understanding of global issues.
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Health and Sports Achievement Award
One international student from year 11 and one from year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding achievement in the health and/or physical education subjects. This could also include sport via membership of local, regional, state or national sporting teams.
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​Resilience and Innovation Award
​One international student from year 11 and one from year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding abilities to overcome obstacles and challenges to achieve in academic and / or non-academic fields. This could be evidenced by an understanding of resilience and strategies implemented to overcome challenges.
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Student Leadership AwardOne international student from year 11 and one from year 12 will receive this award which recognises outstanding leadership. This could be evidenced by achievements such as Student Representative Council, membership of School Council or leadership of international student groups.
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International Student of the Year -  Ambassador AwardNo separate application is required for this award which is presented to a year 12 international student, selected from the finalists for the other seven international student awards. The award recipient will have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, the ability to represent Victorian schools, and leadership through engaging with both the school and wider community.

​Key dates

The awards program allows you to recognise your outstanding international students and homestay families, and showcase your school's educational offering by highlighting global learning achievements.​

NominationsNominations for the 2022 awards open shortly and close on 21 December 2021
Judging commencesJanuary 2022
Notification of finalists
March 2022*
Filming - Hall of Fame videosFilming of the finalists will commence in March 2022*
Presentation ceremonyJune 2022*

* Please note, these dates are subject to review.

Why enter?  

The awards program allows you to recognise your outstanding international students and homestay families, and showcase your school's educational offering by highlighting global learning and engagement achievements. The benefits of being involved include:

  • rewarding your top international students
  • recognising and driving quality amongst your homestay families
  • demonstrating the quality of your school in equipping students with a global education
  • marketing and raising awareness of your school professionally produced promotional material.  

Who can be nominated?

International student

International students (standard, full-fee dependant and study abroad students) in years 11 and 12 in Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools can be nominated for the seven student awards.

The following students are not e​ligible for nomination:

  • dependants of permanent residents
  • students under specialist entrance visas whose status confers a tuition fee exemption (i.e. children of post-graduate research students and visiting academics).

​​​​Homestay families

​Formally registered households hosting standard or study abroad international students currently enrolled directly in a Victorian government school, or CRICOS-registered Catholic or independent school can be nominated for the Homestay Family of the Year Award.

​​Schools

​Non-government schools may nominate themselves for the Excellence in Global Learning Award.

While it is expected that most schools nominating in this category would be delivering an International Student Program under CRICOS registration, nominations are not limited to these schools. Accordingly, schools can be nominated for any number of global learning and engagement programs, including sister schools, overseas learning programs, teacher and principal professional development, and incorporating the intercultural capability of the Victorian Curriculum. 

Please note that the Excellence in Global Learning Award (Government Schools) is now part of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards and is called the Dr Lawrie Shears Outstanding Global Teaching and Learning Award. Nominations for this award have closed for 2021.

Conditions of entry

To be considered valid, entries must be completed in full using the online nomination form.

School principals are responsible for ensuring that they nominate in the correct category. Judges do not have the discretion to re-assign applications to another category.

Nomination materials become the property of the Department and will not be returned at the conclusion of the judging process.

Photographs or video materials presented as a part of nominations should be of high resolution or of broadcast standard.

School principals are responsible for ensuring that nominated students, school staff and homestay families (depending on award category) sign the consent form in relation to privacy, release of information and media requirements, prior to submitting nomination forms.​

How to enter?

​Only school principals or their delegate can submit nominations via the Online Nominations Portal (when available) following the steps outlined below. Nomination for the International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award category is not required, as year 12 student nominees for the other seven student awards automatically become nominees for this award. Schools may submit one application per student.

Visit the Online Nominations Portal ​(when available) to lodge your application and follow the below steps in applying:

Step 1: Follow the instructions to create a school account.

Step 2: Select the category to which you wish to nominate your student, school or homestay family

Step 3: Read the nomination conditions, selection criteria and note the supporting documentation required

Step 4: Complete the online nomination form

Step 5: Upload material to support nominations. All categories require the following depending on the award category nomination:

  1. Student Awards:
    • student statement, written by the student
    • principal’s supporting statement.
  2. Excellence in Global Learning Award (Non-government schools):
    • teacher's supporting statement, outlining internationalising education and global learning and engagement activities undertaken by the school
    • principal’s supporting statement, highlighting the links between internationalising activities and overarching school plans.
  3. ​​Homestay Family of the Year Award:
    • supporting statement endorsed by international students accommodated in the homestay household
    • principal's / international student coordinator's supporting statement.

Refer to above selection criteria for additional requirements for each award category.

There will be an electronic acknowledgement of all nominations. Once all nominations have been received and the judging process has been completed by the judging panel all applicants will be notified of their application's outcome. Only finalists will be invited to attend the presentation ceremony.

The judging panel will not consider nominations submitted after the close of the nomination period.​

Judging process​

The selection of finalists and winner in each category will be determined by independent judging panels convened by the Department of Education and Training, including representatives from the Department, and government, Catholic and independent school sectors. For each category, the winner will be selected from up to three finalists.

Nominations will be judged according to how well they meet award selection criteria. Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. All written material associated with judges' deliberations is confidential and will not be made available to third parties.

Finalists in the International Student of the Year – Ambassador Award category will be contacted by the judging coordinator informing them of the date and time for their interviews. Inability to attend interviews may be grounds for exclusion from consideration in this category.

​​Awards ceremony and media requirements

All finalists will be invited to attend the Victorian Global Learning Awards Ceremony.

The Victorian Government reserves the right to use all or part of any material generated (photographs, film footage, application submissions or any detail) for the purpose of the awards or for publication online, in print or other broadcast media, for publicity, promotional materials or campaigns.

Finalists and winners of the awards may be required to participate in media interviews.

By applying, nominees and nominating Principals agree that their contact details may be provided for promotional purposes to agencies engaged on behalf of award organisers.


Last Update: 16/11/2021 4:08 PM