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Pauline Van Den BrulePauline van Den Brule - Winner

HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

Testament to Pauline’s excellence, professionalism and insight was the way in which she handled her final clinical placement. Due to her direct and timely intervention, a patient was rushed into emergency surgery, saving their leg and their quality of life.

Pauline is well known among our teaching staff for always being prepared for any situation and keenly grasps any learning situation that she is able to undertake.

She has a supportive bedside manner so essential for success as a nurse and is well-liked by fellow learners. During her studies, Pauline supported her peers in class, always striving to see them succeed.

Additionally, she displays tremendous self-awareness, turning inwards to understand her own limitations for self-growth and to refine her capabilities as a professional and a person.

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Luke Chapman
Luke Chapman - Finalist

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

As part of his studies toward a Diploma in Community Services, Luke’s placement involved assisting a young learner with support needs. His role changed the life of the young person.

Without Luke’s assistance, the young learner would not have been able to proceed with his studies. Luke varied his communications style to meet his client’s needs and due to his dedication and commitment, excelled in the course.

During the pandemic, Luke undertook his placement, attending campus (with special permissions during lockdown) at a time when leaving one’s house was often a difficult and lonely experience.

“Luke was exceptional support and showed courage, dedication and commitment to his profession,” says Head of Department, Alyssa Forbes-Nicholson.


Tia Pastore
Tia Pastore - Finalist

SIS50321 Diploma of Sport with SIT50322 Diploma of Event Management

Tia came to Holmesglen with a clear plan. She saw the course as a great pathway to the start of her dream career and has walked through every door that has been opened to her along the way.

She was quickly on employers' radars and has successfully leveraged her studies and opportunities to secure a start with the Sandringham Dragons.

“Tia was always one of the first to put her hand up for placement opportunities,” says teacher Marc Nichol.

“This put her front and centre for prospective employers within the St Kilda Football Club and their partners. She has been successful securing a job with the Sandringham Dragons who are affiliated with the Saints.”


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