Congratulations Ethan (Class of 2020) winner of VGLA Global Learning Award

We would like to congratulate Yicheng (Ethan) Lu from the Class of 2020 on winning the 2021 Victorian Global Learning Awards (VGLA) Year 12 Arts Achievement Award (Performing Arts) category.

The VGLA Awards are held each year with the purpose of identifying and celebrating the achievements and contributions of deserving Victorian international students, their schools and homestay families. Nominations are received from all government, Catholic and private schools throughout Victoria across a range of categories. The process of application and selection is rigorous, with students having to submit a reflection and response in relation to stringent selection criteria, supporting statements from staff and, in the case of Ethan’s award category, a video performance.

Ethan was a highly valued student at ELTHAM College, particularly through his involvement within the Music Department. The College community has benefited greatly from Ethan’s commitment to the wellbeing of the College during a very difficult year. It is important to Ethan to honour Chinese music in his performances. He sees it as a way of sharing his culture and has found performing to be a way of building his sense of identity in Australia. During his two years at ELTHAM College, he performed at the College’s Lunar New Year celebration and other important events.

After choosing to study VET Music Performance as part of his VCE studies, Ethan overcame significant challenges during 2020 as he did not have a piano to practice at his homestay. However, after borrowing a keyboard to maintain his practise, he achieved an A+ for his final performance exam and was invited to audition for the VCAA Top Class performance.

In addition to his musical endeavours, Ethan was a focused student, achieving an outstanding ATAR. He is continuing his passion for music along with his interest in business, currently studying a double degree of Music and Commerce at Monash University.

Ethan says: “I would like to encourage people from different countries to know more about the music in China in order to comprehend cultural diversity.”

As a College, we celebrate and honour his success and commitment to his studies. Well done Ethan!