Assumption College Kilmore Year 12 student Daniel Fisher is a finalist for this year’s Victorian Training Awards, with the winner to be announced at Crown Casino in Melbourne tonight.
While neither of the two VET subjects he took in the lead-up to Year 12 — acting and electro-technology — turned out to be the perfect fit for him, Mr Fisher’s acting teacher said she thought he would make a great primary school teacher, thereby setting him on a new pathway.
After loving his work experience at Sacred Heart Primary School in Yea, Mr Fisher applied for a school-based apprenticeship and training Certificate III in Education Support, which he is completing through Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE.
Mr Fisher, who works part-time at McDonald’s and is busy completing all the required book work to become a qualified teacher’s aide on top of his VCE studies, said he was rapt to be nominated for the award.
‘‘Balancing the school-based work with VCE was pretty hard, so it was good to get acknowledged for all the effort that I put in,’’ he said.
‘‘It was pretty special.’’
Having already booked in an early entry place to study primary education at Australian Catholic University next year, Mr Fisher has his sights set on the future.
‘‘I guess the primary system lacks male teachers and kids always need good male role models, so I aspire to be one of them,’’ he said.