ZIAN SHANG

Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (17:21): (4617) My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is that the minister write a letter to personally recognise and congratulate a stand-out student from the Mount Waverley district, Zian Shang. As our primary and the majority of our secondary students return to onsite learning this week I would like to take this opportunity to personally acknowledge and thank the parents, teachers, support staff, principals and ever-resilient Victorian students for their dedication and adaptability and the sacrifice that they have made during what has been a school year like no other. Remote learning has most certainly had its challenges, yet despite these challenges our communities have pushed on and really pulled together, remaining steadfastly focused on reaching goals and achieving exceptional things.

And while we celebrate that next step towards returning to normalcy, I would like to make special mention of a local Scotch College student from my district, Zian Shang. Instead of competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Russia this year, Zian and his teammates represented Australia in a virtual online Olympic event. Zian achieved a bronze medal in his first-ever participation in the competition and also helped the team achieve eighth place overall—Australia’s second-best score since it started competing in 1981. This is a remarkable achievement for Zian and proof again of the strength and depth of Australia’s young mathematical problem-solvers and our exceptional educators. Victorian teachers have done a remarkable job, as I said, this year, and I am delighted to know that they will now have the additional support of onsite tutors thanks to the Andrews government and a record $250 million being invested in this initiative. This will ensure that students like Zian have dedicated and individualised support throughout 2021. I look forward to the minister’s response.