Exploring all that VCE-VM has to offer, Sienna is skilled in baking and passionate about making a positive impact in the community through nursing.

Sienna chose to complete year 11 at Chisholm, opting to study the Cert II in Kitchen Operations and in year 12, the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance as part of her VET studies for the VCE-VM program.

Year 11 VCE-VM studies was full of practical, hands-on challenging work that Sienna threw herself into.  The most memorable being a Showcase event, attended by friends, family and teachers.

Students were tasked with setting up a business to exhibit on the night. On the menu for Sienna and her classmate was macaroons. Utilising Chisholm’s kitchen facilities at the Berwick campus, Sienna’s role was to oversee the baking and production, whereas her fellow student did the marketing, logo design and administration portion.

Before the showcase even begun, they had taken 12 orders and raised $500 for their desired charity (Black Dog Institute).

Sienna says “I am passionate about cooking and growing up, I loved to bake. I found the Cert II in Kitchen Operations interesting and wanted to see what it was like, so I gave it a go. It was great to be recognised for my skills.”

Her teacher Jay was a mentor and helped her with starting up her social enterprise, built up her confidence and stopped her from procrastinating.

As part of Sienna’s Year 12 VCE VM and VET studies, she is completing her Certificate III in Health Services Assistance with a pathway into Nursing.  She believes this would provide alternate career opportunities for her.

However, her passion is still baking and someday she hopes to travel the world opening her own café with homemade fine dinging pastries.

Sienna’s advice to others is “Do what you love, really go for it and don’t care what others think of you.”