Kim Williamson’s bright and bubbly personality, together with her excellent work ethic were contributing factors in Kim achieving the 2011 VET Exhibition Prize for Community Services. This award is presented to the top eligible student who completed an Australian Qualification Framework Certificate II or higher in the area of Community Services in their final WACE year.
Kim achieved outstanding results in her work placement at Rockingham Beach Primary School where she worked with pre-primary students. As part of the selection process Kim was also required to reflect on her experiences and achievements within her work placement. Her comprehensive and considered reflections, outstanding results and performance in the Curriculum Council’s panel interview, earned her the most prestigious award within the domain of Community Services.
Working closely with Ms Meagan McNab, Rockingham Beach Primary School’s pre-primary teacher, Kim learned a great deal about the importance of clear communication. She was also most fortunate to work closely with the students in the class and learn first hand how to offer support to them. Kim thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work as part of a team to plan and prepare lessons that were innovative and afforded students a range of experiences. Kim acknowledged the wonderful support given to her by Ms McNab and felt most blessed to have worked in such an encouraging and helpful environment.
As a parting gesture, I asked Kim for any words of wisdom she could extend to future Kolbe VET students. She responded with, “Get involved and definitely give it your all! You learn so much more from ‘hands-on’ experiences. I learned a great deal more from working with the kids, than I did from the theory.” Kim also believed that her work placement had helped her ascertain exactly what she wanted to do in the future. Kim will undertake further study at the University of Notre Dame in the area of Early Childhood Education.
Kim can be most proud in achieving the 2011 VET Exhibition Prize for Community Services and a Certificate of Distinction (VET) Community Services. Congratulations Kim!