Certificate of Excellence hits the mark

20 February 2020
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Beaconhills launched the Year 8 Certificate of Excellence eight years ago with the aim of recognising more than just academic achievement.

Based on the successful Duke of Edinburgh award, the certificate sees students complete 20 hours of community service – from sports coaching, to tutoring or working with The Smith Family to help children read.

It’s been a resounding success. From humble beginnings of 20 students, the scheme now has 100 students from our Pakenham and Berwick campuses signed up this year. And with universities increasingly considering qualities such as community service or leadership for some course entry, it’s a handy addition to the CV.

Pictured is student Ava Cashmore and Beaconhills’ Head of Citizenship and Service, Clare Tuohy. Ava volunteered last year in The Smith Family’s student2student reading program, as part of her Certificate of Excellence.


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