Students show a world of skill

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Students from Sydney Catholic schools julienned, grilled, mixed, sawed and built their way through the Catholic inter-school rounds of the WorldSkills competition.

The inter-school competitions ran on Friday, August 28 as part of the WorldSkills Australia program, which aims to build a skills culture by celebrating excellence in trade skills and inspiring young people to consider a skill-based career.

50 students from Sydney Catholic schools were selected to showcase their skills in Hospitality and Construction competitions. Hospitality students were given about two hours to prepare an entrée, dessert and main with a side of vegetables. Meals ranged from the classic Caesar salad and chicken supreme to the tricky crème anglaise over poached pears with vanilla.

They competed at three locations – inner west students at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood, southern region students at Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook’s St Joseph Trade Skills Centre, and eastern region students at Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood’s at Ngalangill Ngarandhi Trade Training Centre.

Construction students gathered at St Yon Trade Training Centre at LaSalle Catholic College Bankstown for their challenge.

Head of Vocational Education at the Catholic Education Office, Sydney Christine Shakya said VET courses appeal to a students who want to gain practical experience before university and those wanting to get a head start on a trade while at school.

“Students often enjoy the practical, hands on aspects of these courses and the chance to apply their learning in the workplace,” she said. “The WorldSkills competitions shine a light on the wonderful skills that the students have and on the importance of skill­-based careers in our society. Choosing a trade or skill­-based career is one of the most important and rewarding decisions a young person and their family can make.”

The event coincided with National Skills Week, which celebrates the diversity and benefits of Vocational Education and Training.

The winning students will compete at regional level in Term 4 for a place at the WorldSkills State competition.

They were:


1st  –  Timothy Jacobs,  Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield

2nd – Lachlan Skillcorn, St John Bosco College Engadine

3rd – Samuel Cohen, LaSalle Catholic College Bankstown



Eastern Region:

1st Luis Tanner – Waverley College

2nd Bryanna Down – St Scholastica’s College Glebe

3rd Jemal Freeman – Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood


Inner Western Region:

1st Kassandra Vincent, Casimir Catholic College Marrickville

2nd Marianna  Bouzeid, Trinity Catholic College Auburn

3rd Stephanie  Coelho, Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood


Southern Region:

1st Sarah Simpson, De La Salle Catholic Senior College Cronulla

2nd Tami Sarkis, Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook

3rd Benjamin Lay, Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg


Click on the links above to read more about the winners.

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