All The Winners: Star power at 2018 MY Education Awards

October 17, 2018

Immigration Museum: There was plenty of star power at yesterday’s MY Education Awards 2018 with Mustangs FC’s Celine Ajobong as keynote speaker and all the superstars of out-of-school-hours-learning-support programs (OSHLSP) in the audience.

The MY Education Awards recognise excellence in the learning support sector. The Awards showcase outstanding contributions students, schools and Out-of-School-Hours Learning Support Programs make to the learning and engagement of students from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Victoria.

Celine Ajobong in her rousing and inspiring speech spoke about her education experience here in Australia. 16-year-old Celine is of South Sudanese background, born in Egypt, and moved to Australia when she was three years old.

Once she did start going to school, however, she “suffered from procrastination, like every student every where…. And struggled with too much home work.”

“None of the teachers ever made me feel that I was different… I was just another mind, willing to learn.”

Celine had wanted to act for most of her life and eventually signed with an agent in 2016. She soon landed her first role, starring as Ruby in Mustangs FC, an ABC ME program about a group of girls who start the first all-female team at their local football club.

The students at the ceremony gained much insight and enjoyed Celine’s story about being a young TV star and balancing a busy shooting schedule – “where I missed months of school at a time” - with being a regular 16-year-old young person.

The audience also heard from Nick Beckingsale, Executive Director of Secondary Reform, Transitions and Priority Cohorts at the Department of Education and Training.

The young boys from St Dominic’s Boys’ Choir, Melton shone in their own right with an innovatively family-friendly version of Jonas Blue’s Rise to kick off proceedings.

CMY Shout Out speaker Hiep Do, and CEO Carmel Guerra, as per tradition, tag-teamed the awards ceremony with Nick Beckingsale presenting awards to winners and runners up from Outstanding School-Run & Community-Run OSHLSP, Outstanding Volunteer and Outstanding Young Volunteer categories. 

Celine handed out the awards for Outstanding Primary Student and Outstanding Secondary Student categories.

But the real star of the show was 5-year-old student Mussab Kader. Mussab attends the Family Inclusive Language and Learning Support (FILLS) program at Flemington Community Centre. We’re told that he often enters the Community Centre dancing, telling a story or proudly holding onto a Student of the Week certificate.

He won the Outstanding Student – Primary Award at the 2018 MY Education Awards and the room erupted in a collective ‘Awwwww’ when he ran up to get his award from Celine.

Full list of award winners – 2018 MY Education Awards

Category Winner Runner-Up
Outstanding Volunteer 

Trupti Gandhi

Sasha Odoi

 David Pontin 
Outstanding Young volunteer 

Paw K’Pru Say Kaw

Eleanor Natoli

 Alice Moo Maw Roe

Mikee Poblete

Najma Ahmed

Alina Pham

Outstanding Community-run OSHLSP

 The Flemington Homework Club - Jesuit Social Services

Anglicare Homework Club, Corio
Outstanding School-run OSHLSP

Hampton Park Secondary College Homework Support Program

The Homework and Learning Support Initiative - Woodleigh School, BSL, Micare 

Robinvale College Homework Club

Outstanding Secondary Student

Lucy Pearl Harrison

Ayan Ali

Imarsha Pathirana

Roma Bahmoed

Outstanding Primary Student Mussab Kader

Omnia Gumaa 

Abdulaziz Adam

Stuart Pham

Navpreet Kaur

2018 MY Education Awards partner and sponsor (Outstanding OSHLSP and Student categories):

2018 MY Education Awards sponsor (Outstanding Student Awards):

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