16th Annual Nanga Mai Awards

Everything you need to know to nominate for the 16th Annual Nanga Mai Awards.

Who can be nominated for a Nanga Mai Award?

Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers, other Departmental staff, community members and NSW Public Schools.

Please read and understand the 16th Nanga Mai award categories below prior to your nomination.


Who can nominate?

Anyone employed by NSW Department of Education can submit a nomination for a Nanga Mai award. Before you commence the online nomination, you will be required to certify that you are a Departmental employee.


Can I nominate a person for more than one award?

Candidates can be nominated for more than one category, you must submit a new form for each category.


When do nominations open and close?

Nominations open Friday 16 July 2021 and close Friday 30 August 2021.


How do you prepare a nomination?

The nomination must contain comprehensive information on the achievements and how the candidate has gone above and beyond. The nomination should include specific examples of how the nominee’s achievement(s) has been outstanding. The nomination should be written in a format that is suitable for publication and must include correct grammar and punctuation and be no longer than 200 words.

Complete the appropriate form below to complete a nomination. The online form is easy to access and understand. Before beginning you will need to gather some key information:

  • Details of the person you are nominating.

  • A nomination statement of up to 200 words including; examples of how they have demonstrated outstanding qualities, including notable achievements and previous awards or recognition received by the nominee (if any).

  • Endorsement by the Principal and local or regional -NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) executive member (If you are unsure who your local or regional AECG executive members are, please contact the state secretariat 02 9550 5666).



Nomination forms


Who selects the award winners?

Nominations are presented to regional and state panels for consideration. Awards will be presented to outstanding Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers, other Departmental staff, community members and NSW Public Schools.

Regional panel members consist of: Senior Education Officer 2 (SEO2); Principal Education Officer; Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer; AECG President (local); AECG representative (regional).

State panel members consist of representatives from: Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships; Primary Principals Association; Secondary Principals Council; NSW AECG (state); Aboriginal Education Council; Parents & Citizens and NSW Teachers Federation.


Are nominators advised?

Nominators and/or Principals are advised of the outcome of nominations prior to the award ceremony and official publication of the award/s for which the nomination was considered.


How are recipients told of their award?

Recipients of student awards will be notified via the Principal in writing prior to the ceremony. Recipients of School and Community awards will be notified directly in writing prior to the ceremony.

Relevant information to support the organisation of the award ceremony will be communicated/sought early term 4 2021.


More information or help

If you have any further questions or require guidance in the preparation of the nomination, please call your local Aboriginal Education and Wellbeing team at your regional office.

If you have any other questions or queries regarding the Nanga Mai awards, please contact the Nanga Mai awards coordination team at nangamaicorro@det.nsw.edu.au.


I don’t have a Google account. What should I do?

NSW Department of Education staff will be able to access the Google nomination form by using the account email: firstname.lastname@education.nsw.gov.au. Or log into your staff/student portal, click on GSuite, and then click to nominate (Download instructions on accessing GSuite).


Award Categories

Aboriginal students who are currently a student in NSW Public Schools are eligible to be nominated for one (or more) of the following awards:

 

Outstanding All Round Student (Primary and Secondary award winners)

Presented to an Aboriginal student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and excellence across a range of activities, including attendance, leadership, academic commitment and progress, community service, cultural commitments and a positive attitude to school.

 

Academic Excellence (Primary and Secondary award winners)

Presented to an Aboriginal student who has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence in any curriculum area in 2021 and who have displayed a positive attitude to school and a commitment to their future.

 

Student Leadership (Primary and Secondary award winners)

Presented to an Aboriginal student who has demonstrated exceptional skills in promoting, encouraging and supporting student participation across their school and in their community.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Public Speaking (Primary and Secondary award winners)

Presented to an Aboriginal student who has demonstrated exemplary skills in public speaking. The award recognises Aboriginal students’ ability to speak with authority and confidence and the ability to maintain audience interest.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Performing/Creative/Visual Arts (Primary or Secondary award winners)

Presented to Aboriginal student who has demonstrated outstanding talent and application in the performing, creative or visual arts.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sport (Primary or Secondary award winners)

Presented to an Aboriginal student who has represented their school and community, demonstrated fairness, integrity and outstanding achievement in their chosen sporting field/s.

 

NSW DoE School-Based Apprentice/ Trainee of the Year

Presented to an Aboriginal student who has maintained outstanding commitment, effort and application in completing their School Based Traineeship, which includes high application to workplace training and VET course, alongside their HSC.

 

NSW VET in Schools Student of the Year

Presented to an Aboriginal student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, commitment, effort and application to completing their VET and HSC commitments.

 

Staff who are current employees of the Department are eligible to be nominated for one (or more) of the following awards: 

 

Outstanding contribution to educational achievement by an Aboriginal staff member 

Presented to an Aboriginal employee of the NSW Department of Education who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students, their families and communities. 

 

Outstanding contribution to educational achievement by a non-Aboriginal staff member 

Presented to a non-Aboriginal employee of the NSW Department of Education who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students and a commitment to working with Aboriginal students, their families and communities. 

 

Outstanding leadership in Aboriginal education 

Presented to a NSW Department of Education employee who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and capacity building among staff, schools and the school community and an ongoing commitment to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students. 

 

Outstanding leadership in Aboriginal languages 

Presented to a NSW Department of Education employee who has demonstrated strong commitment to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students through the implementation of a school Aboriginal languages program. 

NSW Public Schools and Aboriginal community members are eligible to be nominated for one (or more) of the following awards:

 

Outstanding contribution to educational achievement by an Aboriginal community member

Presented to an Aboriginal community member who has contributed significantly to the successful educational achievement of Aboriginal students.

 

Outstanding school and community partnership

Presented to a school that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to respectful and productive partnerships with students, staff, parents and their local Aboriginal communities.

 

Outstanding commitment to increasing knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal histories, culture and experiences of Aboriginal people

Presented to a school or a community of schools that have demonstrated a strong commitment to establishing a culture of respect, caring and inclusive teaching practices which recognise, value and meet the diverse needs of Aboriginal students.

 

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