Young High School hosted the 2016 Aboriginal students ‘Proud and Deadly’ awards on Friday which recognised Aboriginal students for their excellence in academic, leadership, culture and sport.
The ‘Proud and Deadly’ awards celebrate the achievements and hard work of Aboriginal students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in the Young and Harden districts. The event also gave students a chance to showcase their talents.
“It’s about bridging the gap,” Young High School teacher and organiser, Mrs Rita Karaminas said.
Rita said it is important for students to acknowledge their Aboriginal and Wiradjuri heritage, as well as for teachers to continue encouraging pride in the culture.
Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) president, Cheryl Fensom, presented over 70 awards to the students on the day.
Following the award ceremony a barbecue lunch was held in the school’s Aboriginal gardens, giving the children a chance to celebrate their awards, socialise with their peers from across the region and giving teachers and parents a chance to connect as well.
“It’s been fantastic, the kids are so proud,” AECG officer, Des Barton of Sydney said.
All of Young Public School’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were invited to attend with the intention of developing pride in their friends and fellow students, in their culture and history.
The day was seen as being extra rewarding for many primary school teachers who were given the opportunity to see their former students receive recognition.
Many parents at the event said the awards are important as they encourage and recognise the talent, hard work and dedication of the students in the local area.
Students from Murrumburrah Public and Murrumburrah High School, Young North Public School, Young Public School and Young High School also attended the event.
The students and teachers would like to take this opportunity to thank Aunty Cheryl and Aunty Enid.
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