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Celebrating success 2017

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Russel Perry North Metropolitan TAFE Student of the Year Rachel Orr, second from right, with North Metropolitan TAFE Governing Council Chair, Emeritus Professor Bill Louden; North Metropolitan TAFE Managing Director, Michelle Hoad; and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Samantha Rowe MLC.

For those who have gone above and beyond to reach their goals

Winners for each of our categories will be forwarded to the prestigious WA Training Awards which recognise and acknowledge student and staff achievement at the state level. 
We also strongly recommend our category finalists to enter the WA Training Awards.

Although this is great, nothing beats the fact that you can call yourself one of the top students at North Metropolitan TAFE.
Winning an award can give your career a great kick-start and open many doors to opportunity.


Our winners

Russel Perry North Metropolitan TAFE Student of the Year

Rachel Orr

Certificate III in Health Services | Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

I am so honoured by this award, it means so much to me. I have studied and worked so hard for this, and this award is proof that it didn’t go unnoticed. I am so grateful for my parents for teaching me these values.
The experience at the simulated hospital made me feel prepared and comfortable in dealing with real life patients. I want to be a positive role model for people like me. I am proof that if you study and work hard, you can be successful in a field that you are passionate about. I will share my experience, knowledge and skills so I can help people as much as I can. I really want to contribute to my community and a career in health will now allow me to do that.

Trainer of the Year
Indu V        
Electronic Engineering

Indu has taken the lead in the development of North Metropolitan TAFE’s Girls in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathemetics initiative ― a highly successful event which encourages girls into study areas and careers traditionally dominated by men. 


Cultural Diversity Student of the Year
Rachel Orr
Certificate III in Health Services | Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance  

Rachel wants to become a registered nurse and even considers a career as a doctor in the future. She attributes her success and passion in the health industry to the learning environment at North Metropolitan TAFE ― the experience at the simulated hospital has made her feel prepared and comfortable in dealing with real life patients.


International Student of the Year 
Kumbirai Gono
Certificate IV in Preparation for Nursing Education 

By sharing her experience and the challenges she has had to overcome, Kumbirai wants to encourage prospective international students to come to Australia. After TAFE, she wants to further her education with a Bachelor degree in Registered Nursing from Edith Cowan University. After that? A masters in paediatrics. 



Trainee of the Year
Alex Baldock
Certificate II in Building and Construction
Employer, Activa Developments, says Alex’s achievements and desire to excel led him to being awarded the Master Builders Rising Star Award which recognises outstanding potential, work ethic, and commitment from a young person. 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 
Jarni McGuire
Diploma of Marketing 

Jarni mentors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience program. She has also volunteered with the David Wirrpanda Foundation and other community activities, including participating in hockey programs for children with mental health issues. Jarni’s long term goals are to have her own consultancy business and to continue to give back to the community that has supported her on her journey so far.


Vocational Student of the Year  
Marianne Spiteri  
Diploma of Remedial Massage
As a keen and contributing member of her diploma class, Marianne formed a study group helping others to understand and complete assessments.  Marianne has regularly volunteered at sports events and for the Cancer Council.

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Apprentice of the Year  
Nerida Chapman-Cole
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

As well as being a busy chef and an aspiring fine dining restaurant owner, Nerida helped raise $80,000 to build a shelter in Cambodia for women and children escaping from family and domestic violence. The shelter also offers programs that give women practical skills, ensuring they are ready to join the labour force.


Our finalists 

Employer of the Year
Electrical Group Training
Building, Trades and Technology 
EGT has consistently provided employment and training opportunities in the electrotechnology industry since 1988. 
Off-the-job training is delivered in partnership ensuring high quality, skilled apprentices continually enhance their skills.

Southern Cross Austereo (HIT and Triple M Network) 
Creative Industries
Southern Cross Austereo have supported our students in many areas; providing holiday work-experience, boot camps, casual jobs and internships.
They have employed five of our media students from last year’s class as well as creating upskilling opportunities for our lecturers.

Nulsen Disability Services
Health and Education 
Nulsen Disability Services recently celebrated their 60th year in leading disability services.   
Nulsen Disability Services look forward to the future, continuing to be pioneers in the disability sector for innovative training, forward thinking, and enriching the lives of people living with complex disabilities.

Water Corporation 
Science, Engineering, English and Communities
Working with North Metropolitan TAFE since 2004, Water Corporation has a resolute commitment to excellence in industry-standard training, allowing both organisations the opportunity to forge an outstanding working relationship and instil mutual trust. Last year, Water Corporation and North Metropolitan TAFE undertook the scoping of four new qualifications with eleven separate pathways in all.
Trainer of the Year
Anna Kotai
Fashion & Textiles 
A lecturer in Fashion and Textiles, Anna has been instrumental in developing a pervasive and contemporary look that is instantly recognisable as our fashion department. Anna has been the International Student Mentor since 2011, fostering strong relationships and allowing for a greater awareness of cultural sensitivities and the challenges faced.
Miriam Thomas
Dental Studies 
Miriam lectures in the dental assisting and enrolled nurse qualifications. She is a qualified dental hygienist who has worked extensively in industry and the VET sector for over 20 years. Over the past two of these, Miriam has been instrumental in a state-wide project delivering oral health and fluoride varnish training to Aboriginal Health Workers and Registered Nurses in regional and remote areas of Western Australia.


Indu V        
Electronic Engineering
Indu is the Head of Program and a senior lecturer for our Engineering learning area. She has developed highly efficient student feedback strategies, as well as strengthening our business relationships and partnerships. An outstanding educator and innovative strategic leader, Indu has an underlying motive of “getting things done”.

Cultural Diversity Student of the Year
Marina Korotkova 
Certificate III in Spoken and Written English
Soon after arriving from Russia, Marina realised that learning English would be one of the most important steps she could take to successfully settle in Australia and achieve and achieve her goal of undertaking a research degree. She believes her Certificates III and IV in Spoken and Written English have given her knowledge and confidence, and taught her to be tolerant and respectful of other people’s cultural backgrounds.


Rachel Orr
Certificate III in Health Services | Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
Shifting from a career in accounting in her home country Vietnam, Rachel Orr believes her Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance have helped her develop her communication skills, taught her to work in a team, and respect and understand others.
Henry Quach      
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
Aspiring graphic designer Henry Quach draws inspiration from the creative arts. He believes in creating better educational opportunities for people, especially in the exciting field of design. Passionate about TAFE, which gave him genuine friendships and opportunities, Henry also believes Western Australia is the best place in the world to live and study.

International Student of the Year 


Kumbirai Gono
Certificate IV in Preparation for Nursing Education

Zimbabwean student Kumbirai chose to study a Diploma of Nursing so she could make a difference in the lives of patients. Kumbirai is interested in helping people and wants to give her patients the strength to persevere through difficult times.  Kumbirai plans to travel back to Zimbabwe to apply her skills.

Shambavi Venugopal 
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care student Shambavi believes that encouraging creativity is the way to ensure any child can become an active, competent, capable learner. Shambavi wants to support and help children to explore new opportunities and achieve their very best.
Grace Woo 
Diploma of Commerce
Grace believes her critical thinking, efficiency, attention to detail and awareness of other cultures have improved significantly since starting the Diploma of Commerce. She says she was able to learn from her mistakes… and from an excellent team of lecturers and supportive friends. Grace believes her qualification will help her gain entry into the second year of Curtin University’s Bachelor of Commerce. 

Trainee of the Year


Alex Baldock
Certificate II in Building and Construction
Alex’s goal is to become a Registered Builder and to have his own building company, combining his three passions of economics, business and building. He is well on his way to achieving this with the Certificate II in Building and Construction under his belt and is now enrolled in the Certificate IV in Building and Construction. Alex intends to gain his Builder’s Registration after completing the Diploma of Building & Construction.
Shivaun Drum
Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Shivaun completed a Diploma of Beauty Therapy as a work-based trainee and in her own words has found a passion, not just a job.  She has made the most of her traineeship, striving for excellence in both her training and work environment, with her lecturer saying she is an outstanding ambassador at training and industry level. 

Matthew Harvey
Certificate II in Sports and Recreation | Certificate III in Sports and Recreation
Whilst also studying towards his ATAR, Matthew completed his Certificates II and III in Sports and Recreation as a school-based trainee, as well as working at the WA Institute of Martial Arts. Matthew has won a number of awards and commendations including the Australian Super Award for Excellence in Vocational Education and Training.  He believes his traineeship gave him a wealth of work experience and inspired him to pursue a masters degree in education. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 
Amanda Bosuen 
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Amanda has always loved cooking and completed her Certificate III in Commercial Cookery to help translate this passion into a business, incorporating sustainable practices and traditional foods. Amanda is pursuing this dream in Queensland combining her heritage and culture with skills gained at North Metropolitan TAFE.


Jarni McGuire
Diploma of Marketing

Jarni explored different employment and life experiences as a FIFO worker, as well as travelling, before taking up studies in marketing at North Metropolitan TAFE. She has now completed a Diploma of Marketing and is continuing her studies at Edith Cowan University. Jarni received support from our Koolark Centre, and in turn became a mentor for fellow students.

Jemma Moore
Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textile Design
Jemma’s passion for art was channelled into an Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textile Design at North Metropolitan TAFE and has led to her developing her reputation as a fashion designer. Jemma’s current work will be featured at RAW Perth’s 2017 FIXATE event next month.

Vocational Student of the Year  
Megan Holm
Certificate III in Community Services | Certificate IV Community Services
Megan accomplished her Certificates III and Certificate IV in Community Services and is currently enrolled in Certificate IV in Mental Health.  Megan is passionate about social justice and servicing people in the community particularly those with alcohol and drug related issues.
Betty Richards
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
Betty enrolled in Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design after conversations with students who had already completed the course. Betty has been awarded the Typographic Excellence award and was nominated for the Travis Walker Memorial award for excellence in graphic design at her graduation.


Marianne Spiteri  
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Mariann's interest was sparked when massage, used in her rehabilitation after a surgical procedure, relieved her pain and stress immensely. Marianne has worked with the Fremantle Dockers and the Wildcats and aspires to own her own business one day.

Apprentice of the Year  
Nuno Bue 
Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) 
Following in his father’s footsteps, Nuno is excited to become a fully qualified electrician later this year. He credits his time at TAFE, and as an apprentice, for the self-confidence he has developed. Nuno intends to continue his educational journey and enrol in an Electrical Contractors certificate with the aim of starting up his own business. 


Nerida Chapman-Cole
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Nerida’s long term goal is to be a head chef or owner of a fine-dining restaurant. She is planning to travel overseas on a culinary journey to learn as much about food as she can. 
Koby Holder
Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) |Koby chose to start an apprenticeship after gaining 6-months experience as an Electrical Trade Assistant. 
He is excited about the various work available for electricians: from residential houses to skyscrapers and working for events, there are plenty of opportunities for those entering the workforce. And the best part about an apprenticeship? You can apply the skills learnt in the classroom on the job straight away.

The Russel Perry North Metropolitan TAFE Student of the Year
The North Metropolitan TAFE Student of the Year is selected from the winners of the above categories. This student has been selected for their exceptional achievements, inspiring attitude towards training, passion for their field of study as well as being identified as an outstanding ambassador for the college. 

About Dr Russel Perry AM



Master of ceremonies    
Daniel Devellerez

Welcome to country    
Freda Ogilvie

Welcome address    
Samantha Rowe MLC 
on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training

Governing Council Chair address    
Emeritus Professor Bill Louden 
Chair Governing Council 

Managing Director address    
Michelle Hoad 
Managing Director 

Award presentations 

  • Employers of the Year
  • Trainer of the Year
  • Cultural Diversity Student of the Year
  • International Student of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
  • Student of the Year
  • Vocational Student of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Russel Perry North Metropolitan TAFE Student of the Year 
    The Russel Perry Student of the Year Award is chosen from the winners of our six major student award categories. 

Closing address


Special thanks
A massive thank you also goes out to all students and staff who supported the event, especially our:

•    Diploma of Events students and lecturers Pam Stratford and Liz Bindon-Bonney
•    Hospitality students and lecturer Greg Lees
•    Film & TV and photography students for their professional services 
•    Former arts students for supplying the exhibition pieces displayed on the night
•    Ex-music students Platform 2 who entertained the attendees with wonderful tunes


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Contact us

If you would like to know more about the 2017 North Metropolitan TAFE Awards, please contact us on

T   1300 300 822

E   studentawards@nmtafe.wa.edu.au


Page last updated January 04, 2018