Western Chances News Archive

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Scholarship student has big dreams to tackle inequality and discrimination

Scholarship student has big dreams to tackle inequality and discrimination

Tue, 4th June 2019
Performance poet and law student, Kozzi, was inspired to help others after coming to Australia as an asylum seeker.
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National Volunteer Week 2019 - ‘Making a world of difference’

National Volunteer Week 2019 - ‘Making a world of difference’

Mon, 20th May 2019
To celebrate National Volunteers week, we sat down for a Q&A with John Stapleton, a member of the volunteer squad at Western Chances.

#NVW2019 #westernchances #volunteer
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Family values make accessible mental health care a priority for scholarship student

Family values make accessible mental health care a priority for scholarship student

Thu, 2nd May 2019
Watching her mum struggle with depression spurred Namy to study psychology at university. Now she is working to improve access to mental health care for Australia’s multicultural community.

Pannamy (Namy) Touch is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a diploma of Spanish. She also volunteers weekly at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The hard work and sacrifices that her mum made to provide for Namy’s schooling drives her to continue to achieve in her studies.
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Nominator spotlight: From student to Year 12 coordinator at Braybrook College

Nominator spotlight: From student to Year 12 coordinator at Braybrook College

Mon, 29th April 2019
Mirsadet Osmani has been a teacher at Braybrook College for 16 years. ‘I am currently the Year 12 Coordinator and have been with my cohort of students since they were in Year 8, so I’ve seen them grow into fine young adults. I teach English and EAL. I have always lived in the West’.

Interestingly Mirsadet also attended Braybrook College as a student. A love of reading and books along with some excellent teachers inspired her to join the profession and become an English / EAL teacher.
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Working together in Melbourne’s west.

Working together in Melbourne’s west.

Fri, 3rd May 2019
We are delighted to share the news that key members of the Western Chances family, Steve Bracks and Gaye Hamilton, are taking on roles at Victoria University following the decision of the current Chancellor, George Pappas, to retire from his position at the end of 2019. Congratulations to Gaye and Steve. The Hon. Steve Bracks AC, husband of our founding Chair Terry Bracks AM, will take up the position of Chancellor from January 2021.
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Netflow-Western Chances partnership supporting talented young people in Melbourne’s west

Netflow-Western Chances partnership supporting talented young people in Melbourne’s west

Mon, 15th April 2019
Western Chances and Netflow have announced a 23-year partnership to assist talented and motivated young people in Melbourne’s western suburbs to fulfil their potential.

Western Chances provides merit-based scholarships, opportunity programs and ongoing support to talented and motivated young people in Melbourne’s west whose financial, social or cultural circumstances prevent them from completing their education.

Netflow is contracted by the Victorian Government to deliver the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade public-private partnership that includes priority road upgrades and more than 260 kilometres of road rehabilitation and maintenance across Melbourne’s west for 23 years.

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Western Chances Scholarship Award Ceremony 2019 - Event Wrap Up

Western Chances Scholarship Award Ceremony 2019 - Event Wrap Up

Tue, 2nd April 2019
Oh what a night! The 2019 Western Chances Scholarship Award Ceremony held at Deakin Edge in Federation Square was magnificent. It was fabulous to celebrate our newest recipients and present them with their certificates in front of a full house of family, friends, nominators and Western Chances supporters.
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Great results for Western Chances Year 12 students

Great results for Western Chances Year 12 students

Wed, 6th March 2019
Western Chances would like to extend big congratulations to the 132 scholarship recipients who undertook Year 12 in 2018.

We are excited to share with you the great news that 99% of Year 12 Western Chances scholarship recipients completed VCE or equivalent last year. 28% of these talented and motivated young people also achieved a study score of 40+ in one or more subjects, placing them in the top 9% of students in the state for these subjects.

Please read below about where to next for our Year 12 graduates.
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