San Sisto College student a Queensland finalist for prestigious resources award

​Year 12 student and 2022 school captain at San Sisto College Jemma Donovan this week became a state finalist in the prestigious Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources (WIMARQ) 2022 Exceptional Female Student of the Year Award.

Jemma is one of only four high achieving school leader finalists selected from schools across Queensland.

As a current Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Ambassador, and previously a University of Queensland Science Ambassador for 2021, Jemma has been heavily involved in QMEA workshops and events at the College sharing her passion for science and mentoring junior students.

To provide progressive, real-world experiences, San Sisto College partners with leading universities and institutions, including the University of Queensland, Monash University, Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and technology providers.

San Sisto College Principal Shelley Hamilton said the College embraces agile and innovative education and pedagogical practices that equip students with 21st century attributes.

“Our dedicated teaching team pursues leading-edge, best-practice pedagogy to maximise learning, and prepare students for occupations in the future that do not currently exist," she said.

“We believe we provide dedicated and committed teaching, wellbeing and support staff who work to create a vibrant learning environment that nurtures and supports each student. We place great value on this holistic approach to educating young women."

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the QMEA was set up to encourage high school students from all backgrounds to consider a career in resources by exposing them to real-world mining experiences and school-based skills training.

“It's encouraging to see more young women seeking a career in resources and I congratulate this year's finalists on being recognised for their efforts at such a young age," Mr Macfarlane said.

“I can't wait to see where their careers take them."

The winner of the Exceptional Female QMEA Student Award will be announced in front of an anticipated 1000-strong crowd at the QRC/WIMARQ awards at an International Women's Day breakfast in Brisbane on 8 March, presented by Anglo American.

The awards will be compered by journalist and TV presenter Jennifer Byrne and feature seven categories. For more information on the awards and see Jemma’s profile, visit 2022 QRC / WIMARQ Resources Awards for Women Finalists.

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