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Raphaela wins international student award

SM TAFE’s International Student of Year is events student Raphaela Athanasiadis of Scarborough. 

The awards recognise the achievements of students from across SM TAFE, as well as five major award winners in the categories Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, International Student of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year and the Cultural Diversity Training Award.

Raphaela, who is originally from Germany, completed a Diploma of Event Management at the colleges’ Bentley campus in 2019. The qualification sets up students for event coordinator and management work in the community, cultural, hospitality, sporting, and tourism sectors.

Raphaela completed the course in 12 months and even before graduating secured employment as an event manager for Kinn and Co public relations agency.

“I was fortunate to secure work before I finished my studies, and to date have been involved in coordinating several high-profile community events such as the Scarborough Sunset Markets and Brazilian Beach Carnival,” Raphaela said.

“Involvement in these events has really helped me feel a part of the local (Scarborough) and larger community, both personally and professionally.

“During my time at TAFE and now through work I have made lifelong friends and connections, which is so important to me given I’m away from my family.”

Raphaela was also an international student mentor throughout her studies, where she supported fellow international students residing in Perth.

SM TAFE Executive Director Strategic Partnerships and panel chair Darshi Ganeson-Oats said Raphaela had shown a real commitment to her studies and was most deserving of the award.

“Raphaela is an excellent ambassador for events training, SM TAFE and the events industry in general,” Ms Ganeson-Oats said.

“Her ability to represent SM TAFE at a broader level is evident through her involvement in the community and through her volunteer work with not-for-profit organisations Cystic Fibrosis WA and HBF Run for a Reason.

“Raphaela is an industry professional, committed to learning and has refined her skills where she now holds multiple qualifications including food and hygiene certification, first aid, flight attendant certificate and recreational skippers’ licence. Additionally, her multi-lingual skills in German, English, Spanish and Portuguese has been a great asset as international student mentor.”

Raphaela first arrived in Perth in 2015 on a working holiday visa. She fell in love with the positive vibe and laidback lifestyle Perth has to offer.

“Perth offers lots of events, cultures, activities and beautiful landscape. I’m a keen surfer so the local beaches and surf opportunities have me hooked also.” Raphaela said.

Page last updated June 16, 2020