Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has shared a heartfelt note on social media to his son for his 18th birthday despite a gruelling schedule of daily briefings.
Noah, who this year sits on his VCE, is the eldest of the three Andrews children.
Mr Andrews shared a photo of himself with Noah on Instagram earlier this month, detailing the obstacles facing Year 12 students in Victoria.
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I couldn't imagine doing VCE or VCAL today. Away from school, without my mates, and stressing over exams – during a global pandemic. Don't get me wrong, I was a decent student – a bit of a nerd – but I'm not sure how I would have got through a year like this. Growing up is hard enough – but the stresses and strains of 2020 are something else. That's why James Merlino and I have announced more mental health support for students right across the state. We're putting more psychologists, social workers and counsellors in Victorian schools and expanding the mental health practitioner program too. We're providing specialist mental health training for 1,500 staff and teachers to help them identify and support students who might be struggling. Every Victorian specialist school will receive funding to recruit mental health practitioners specifically to support secondary-aged students. And every single Year 12 VCE student will be individually assessed – and their circumstances will be taken into account when determining their ATAR too. I know this hasn't been easy: My son Noah is studying hard for his upcoming SACs. It's hard on teachers, hard on kids, and it's hard on parents. But now more than ever, young people need our support. And that's exactly what we'll give them.