NETschool celebrated its biggest night of the year on Thursday 19 November at the 2015 Recognition of Achievement evening.

Students, teachers, friends and family packed James King Hall for a night of celebration, music, and recognition, with special guests including Mayor Rod Fyffe, Lisa Chesters MP, and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards.

The Student Achievers of the Year were Brydie Smart, Jack Clee and Morgaine Spedding. This award recognises learners who have achieved exceptional personal and educational goals, have made an outstanding contribution to the NETschool community and have planned a pathway beyond NETschool.

Brydie attended NETschool for three years and is a highly motivated and determined young woman who has been accepted into a Diploma of Beauty for 2016. Jack has proven to be a dedicated learner and through completing a school-based apprenticeship in hospitality is now a full-time apprentice in a Bendigo café. Morgaine has shown how she could succeed while being a young mother. After enrolling in 2013, Morgaine has completed eight Year 11 subjects and a Certificate IV in Community Services.

The other major award of the evening was the Everest Award which went to Chernesse Bradley for her resilience and capacity to overcome substantial barriers in her pursuit of science and environmental causes.

NETschool facilitator Anton Van Maanen said he was proud of all of the young learners.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the resilience and dedication of our learners. They have all overcome substantial obstacles and made wonderful progress in their personal and educational journeys in the last year,” he said.

NETschool Bendigo provides flexible learning options for young people from the Greater Bendigo region who have disengaged from mainstream schooling, but want to achieve their senior school certificate.