Wesley College student creates a buzz

Wesley College Year 12 student, Luke de Laeter, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Beazley Medal: Vocational Education and Training (VET). Wesley College is a Uniting Church WA school in South Perth.

Luke also graduated as the inaugural VET Dux of College in 2020. His Vocational Education Training (VET) pathway included a Certificate III in Beekeeping, Certificate III in Business and a Certificate II in Design and Technology.

‘My experience at Wesley was truly unique and I am thrilled that VET pathways are now seen as equally important as ATAR. I feel incredibly lucky to have the support and opportunities for growth from my family and school,’ said Luke.

Luke was awarded the Beazley Medal: Vocational Education and Training (VET) based on his outstanding Year 12 performance in a VET program.

‘We are proud of and inspired by Luke and congratulate him for all he has achieved. The fact he was able to find his niche and passion while at the College is a shining example that there is more than one way to success,’ said Headmaster Ross Barron.

Just four years ago, Luke developed an interest in bees when his parents gave him a small hive for his birthday. That initial spark of interest has grown into a passion for Luke that has led him on a remarkable journey and he is now employed by commercial honey producer, Red Earth Honey.

Jim Walker, Chair of College Council and Chair of the State Training Board – WA, believes VET gives students a number of options, whether they are looking at continuing tertiary education in VET or higher education at university.

‘Many times, when I am talking with young people about their future vocation, the first question I ask is, “what are your hobbies and or passion?” This is always a great starting point for a discussion. Luke has always had a passion and hobby for bees and a vision for his future,’ said Jim.

Luke’s self-confessed bee obsession saw him start his own business, Luke’s Bees conducting Bee Incursions across Perth while a student at Wesley.

‘I’ve visited more than 100 schools/events and 10 000 students and adults sharing the important link between bees and a sustainable future. Next year, I am excited to launch my new website BuzzEd Australia: Teaching the Importance of Bees with online incursions, lesson plans, and big plans for the future,’ said Luke.

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