Exhibitions and Awards

Exhibitions and awards are granted by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) to senior secondary students studying Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) courses and vocational education and training (VET). The awards recognise individual excellence in both Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) courses and VET.

The two peak awards are the Beazley Medal: WACE and the Beazley Medal: VET. Other awards for ATAR courses and VET include: exhibitions; special awards and certificates of excellence, distinction and merit.

The final decision on the granting of each award is made by a panel comprising the Chair of the Authority Board, a Board member and the Executive Director – School Curriculum and Standards.

To be eligible to achieve an award, a student must:

  • have satisfied the requirements for a WACE at the time of the determination of the award/exhibition (except for Subject Exhibitions and Subject Certificates of Excellence).
  • have been enrolled as a full-time student in a registered secondary school
  • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia

Special General Awards, Special Subject Awards, Special VET Awards, and Special Subject Certificates of Excellence may be awarded to students who do not meet the general eligibility criteria.

For further information relating to exhibitions and awards, click on the link below.

2023 Beazley Medallists

Beazley Medal: WACE

The Beazley Medal: WACE is awarded to the student attaining the highest WACE award score in the determination of the General Exhibitions.

The recipient of the 2023 Beazley Medal: WACE is

Elena Latchem
Methodist Ladies’ College

Elena Latchem

Elena has also received a General Exhibition and a Subject Exhibition for Chemistry, Subject Certificates of Excellence for Chemistry and Mathematics Methods, and a Certificate of Distinction.

Elena received ‘A’ grades across all of her Year 11 and 12 courses and was Dux of her school in Year 12. She is looking forward to studying Medicine next year and is interested in pursuing medical research alongside clinical work as a doctor.

Beazley Medal: VET

The Beazley Medal: VET is awarded to the student who has demonstrated the most outstanding overall performance in a vocational education and training program.

The recipient of the 2023 Beazley Medal: VET is

Isaac Panozzo
Melville Senior High School

Isaac Panozzo

In addition to a significant number of hours in the workplace, Isaac also received a VET Exhibition and a VET Certificate of Excellence in Automotive, Engineering and Logistics. He has achieved a Certificate II in Integrated Technologies (Pre-vocational) and a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways.

Isaac found pursuing a VET qualification with three days at school, one at TAFE and one in the workplace each week has built his independence and self-discipline. In addition to building his understanding of robotics, Isaac discovered he loves coding and is excited to pursue further studies in Computer Science.

2023 Exhibitions and Awards Recipients

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority Exhibitions and Awards Ceremony will be held in 2024. The Authority acknowledges and thanks the following organisations for their generous support.

  • Curtin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Murdoch University
  • The University of Notre Dame
  • The University of Western Australia
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