Student awards

NSW Government Schools International Student Awards

The NSW Government Schools International Student Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of international students and their significant contributions to our schools and communities.

The awards also recognise school and staff excellence in supporting international students.

2024 NSW Government Schools International Student Awards

Finalists in the leadership, school service and academic achievement categories of the 2024 NSW Government Schools International Student Awards have been announced.

Meet the finalists

An awards ceremony will be held on Friday 15 March 2024 and the award presentations will be live streamed from 4pm.

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Student awards

Student award categories

The Academic Achievement Award recognises outstanding academic results.

The Leadership Award recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through school activities and who are a positive role model and mentor to other students.

The School Service Award recognises students who have contributed to their school community through volunteering and engagement activities.

Eligibility for student awards

  • Students must be enrolled in Year 12 at a NSW government school through the International Student Program.
  • Students may be nominated for one or more student awards.
  • Nominations for student awards must be submitted by a staff member of the student's school and with the principal’s endorsement.

School and staff awards

School and staff award categories

International Student Coordinator of the Year Award

This award recognises professional excellence in delivering services and support to international students.

Selection criteria

  • Helped international students settle in at the school.
  • Contributed to the ongoing improvement of the learning experience of international students.
  • Encouraged a culture of collaboration and connection between international students and local students.
  • Supported international student wellbeing.

International Student Support Award

This award recognises school staff members, other than International Student Coordinators (ISC), who have gone above and beyond in delivering services and support for international students.

Selection criteria

  • Helped international students settle in at the school.
  • Fostered engagement between international students and local students.
  • Contributed to the ongoing improvement of the learning experience of international students.
  • Supported international student wellbeing.

International Students Program School Excellence Award

This award recognises best practice for schools in delivering activities and initiatives that support international students.

Selection criteria

  • Employed a whole-of-school approach to supporting international students.
  • Assisted students in adapting to life in Australia and school life in NSW.
  • Fostered connections between international students and local students.
  • Provided support for international students to develop leadership skills.

Eligibility for school and staff awards

  • Schools must be registered with DE International to be eligible for the school excellence award.
  • Nominees for the International Student Coordinator of the Year Award must be formally registered as the school's International Student Coordinator.
  • Nominees for the International Student Support Award must not be the school's International Student Coordinator.
  • The activities for which schools and staff are nominated must have taken place in the 2023 calendar year.
  • Nominations for school and staff awards may be submitted by school staff or anyone in the school community. Self-nominations are welcome.

Recipients of the 2023 NSW Government Schools International Student Awards

Academic Achievement

Bella Xinwei Zhou, China
Strathfield Girls High School
Academic Achievement Award Winner 2023
ATAR 99.35

School Service

Tararith Kaing, Cambodia
Canley Vale High School
School Service Award Winner 2023

Leadership

Khanh Linh Nguyen, Vietnam
Beverly Hills Girls High School
Leadership Award Winner 2023

International Student Coordinator of the Year

Monica Sharma
Northern Sydney Intensive English Centre
International Student Coordinator of the Year 2023

International Student Support Award

Lauren Weatherall
The Forest High School
International Student Support Award 2023

International Students Program School Excellence Award

Cecil Hills High School
International Students Program School Excellence Award 2023

History of the NSW Government Schools International Student Awards

The NSW Government Schools International Student Awards have been presented each year since 2009 when the first student award categories were introduced. In 2020, the first school and staff award categories were introduced.

Previous student award winners come from ten countries and attended 23 NSW government schools.

NSW International Student of the Year Award

Each year international students are selected for this prestigious award by StudyNSW based on criteria, including:

  • Being an inspirational role model to the community
  • Demonstrating an achievement or contribution that adds value to the community through
    • touching the lives of others
    • participating in the community
    • connecting an ethnic or language community group with the broader NSW community
    • volunteer work.

International students enrolled in NSW government schools have won the Schools Sector category for this award in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 acknowledging the outstanding contributions these students have made to their communities and the state of NSW.

Some of our award winners and nominees include:

2023 Winner - Yuet Ting Wong, Cumberland High School

2023 Finalist - YangQingQing Hu, Turramurra High School

2022 Winner - Kathy Nguyen, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

2022 Finalist - William Nguyen, Canley Vale High School

2022 Finalist - Arum Jeon, Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

2021 Winner - Frank Lai, Epping Boys High School

2021 Finalist - Yimei Zhao, Mosman High School

2020 Winner – Andrea Tung Linh Ha, Beverly Hills Girls High School

2020 Finalist – Nickie Tran, Sarah Redfern High School

2019 Finalists – Baiyang Hu, Hunters Hill High School and Thong Dat (David) Pham, Kingsgrove North High School

2018 Winner – Duy Quang Mai, Homebush Boys High School

2017 Winner – Katherine Pei Kun Qi, Beverly Hills Girls High School

2016 Winner – Abigail Aguilar, Hunters Hill High School

2015 Winner – Mingjun (Martina) Zhang, Killarney Heights High School