Abby Punch, a ViSN of success
02 May 2023
Her mother Samantha Punch, who did not know much about the program at the time, was thankful for the opportunity to allow Abby to remain at home with her family.
“There was a lot of unknowns about the program initially however from the moment Abby started there was so much contact with her teachers.’
‘We wanted Abby to continue in the Catholic Education system… and to have every opportunity to reach her full potential. I do not know how we would have achieved this without ViSN.’
Samantha Punch, mother of Abby Punch.
‘I always felt very informed about Abby’s workload and progress through emails from teachers and SEQTA notifications.
‘We wanted Abby to continue in the Catholic Education system and the financial burden of School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) or boarding school was not feasible at the time.
‘If ViSN was not available our options would have been limited.’
Abby studied ATAR English and Mathematics Applications at her school but was able to complete Earth and Environmental Sciences, Human Biology and Modern History through ViSN.
Abby said the opportunity to work alongside students from all over the state in subjects they were passionate about was a draw card.
‘Everything is set up and easy to follow in a structured format. I had control over my learning, which gives you some freedom and the opportunity to work at a pace that suited me. The time management and communication skills I have developed through ViSN are an asset for both my future learning and employment. My teachers encouraged us to work collaboratively, resulting in making friends from all over the state, many of whom I am still in regular contact with.’
After completing her K-12 education at St Mary Star of the Sea, Abby is taking a year off and working in the local travel agency, a place she worked at throughout her Year 11 and 12 studies. She is planning on heading to university in Perth next year.
If you would like to learn more about ViSN, contact ViSN Coordinator, Peggy Fitzgerald.