A group of graduating WA Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP) students have made history as the first from Canning College to complete a year-long online program.
All but one of the 18 students enrolled in the 2020-21 Mid-Year WAUFP completed the program using the College’s live online learning system.
Dzabeed, who is from Singapore, started and completed the program in Perth and was the only student to physically attend yesterday’s virtual graduation event.
Canning College Principal Wayne Axford congratulated the students, who joined the virtual celebration from their homes in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia and China.
VIDEO ABOVE: Teachers show a lighter side to their personalities in a lip-syncing performance.
“The completion of your Year 12 studies is a particularly notable achievement given the impact of coronavirus on your intended mode of study,” Mr Axford told the students.
“The completion of a full year of study online was certainly not something anyone would have predicted in 2019. Indeed, the courage that you, your parents and agents demonstrated in supporting this new mode of delivery is to be commended.
“You chose not to pause, which would’ve let the virus slow down your education. Instead, you chose to take on a great challenge, which has meant you have wasted no time at an important stage of your life. You are to be congratulated for your determination.”
Kiu Yee, who is from the East Malaysian town of Sibu, won the Top Student Award as well as the Chemistry and Mathematics Methods Subject Awards.
Chun Yin, who is from Hong Kong, was the top student in Computer Science and Physics, and Tzyy Shin, from Brunei, won the Awards for English Language and Australian Cultural Studies as well as Human Biology.
Singaporean student Jia Kai won the Mathematics Applications Award and Hui San (Malaysia) was the top Accounting and Finance student.
VIDEO ABOVE: Students reflect on their Canning College learning experience.
Canning College launched online programs in July, 2020, to assist students who were unable to travel to Australia. The live, interactive sessions across all programs have attracted students from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Mr Axford said the combined determination of students to complete their university pathway studies and the professionalism of teachers and support staff in transitioning to live online program delivery had resulted in immediate success.
VIDEO ABOVE: A show of appreciation for the efforts of online students.