Transcript Nanga Mai Awards

Nanga Mai Awards Film Clips

Brian Smyth King (Video clip 1 of 19)

[Wedge tailed eagle illustration, the logo for the awards, flies across screen]

Heading: 2015 Nanga Mai Awards

[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Brian Smyth King, Executive Director, Learning and Engagement

Brian Smyth King:

The engagement of all of our students in learning from Kindergarten right through to Year 12 because what they do is they recognise all of the pursuits that young people engage in during school it might be engaging actually in learning, it might be about sporting achievements, it might be about social responsibility of community service, it might be about academic excellence. And so it gives us an opportunity to recognise throughout the year all of those students, 52, 000 of them, who are there doing that every day and it gives us a point by which to provide for all students an opportunity for them to acknowledge the outstanding achievements but to give them something to aspire to as they work towards all of the things that they’re pursuing for their adult life.

Murat Dizdar (Video clip 2 of 19)

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Heading: 2015 Nanga Mai Awards

[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Murat Dizdar, Executive Director, Public Schools NSW

Murat Dizdar:

The Nanga Mai Awards are a pivotal showcase in awards and celebration for NSW Public Schools we are very proud of the 52,000 Aboriginal students that we have in public education and its awards like this which provide our students with the opportunity to excel in all aspects of school and community life. And recognising those exceptional young leaders, our Aboriginal staff, non-Aboriginal staff, our community members is very, very important if we’re to achieve our obligations and commitments to get it right for the Aboriginal students that we serve.

Jane Simmons (Video clip 3 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Jane Simmons, Executive Director, Public Schools NSW

Jane Simmons:

The Nanga Mai Awards are a very important event for individual students, communities, generating a great sense of pride and acknowledging the individuality and the diversity of the students in all of our communities, particularly our Aboriginal communities.

Graham Kahabka (Video clip 4 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Graham Kahabka, Executive Director, Public Schools NSW

Graham Kahabka:

To recognise the wonderful work that our students, our principals, teachers, other school staff and community do in our schools every day.

Diane Dunn (Video clip 5 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Diane Dunn, Executive Director, Public Schools NSW

Diane Dunn:

I think the Nanga Mai Awards really support students in schools because they showcase the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal students, of communities and of schools themselves. So it’s just amazing to be able to be here today to recognise the self believe that Aboriginal students have in themselves.

Frank Potter (Video clip 6 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Frank Potter, Executive Director, Public Schools NSW

Frank Potter:

Myself in particular being responsible for the Tamworth educational services area they’re particularly important. Though we only have 20 percent of the state enrolments we have well over a third of the Aboriginal enrolments in the state and so be able to be here today to celebrate with these young people, with the teachers, with the community members the great achievements is a particular honour.

Michele Hall (Video clip 7 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Michele Hall, Executive Director, Connected Communities

Michele Hall:

The Nanga Mai Awards are a significant event for Aboriginal students, their parents and their community. Because it celebrates the successes of the student, the support that the families and the community have provided and it demonstrates such a strong leadership and aspirational dream. Nanga Mai is an event that is held every year; it possibly is a culmination of what students are doing in their schools, in their homes, within their communities. It extends past an academic domain because it delves into them as being young, strong Aboriginal people who will lead and be part of, if they’re not already now, their community. So the strength that they bring and the celebration that they and their families and the education department have around their achievements is articulated through these awards and they’re just a heartening experience and event for everyone who is involved.

Cindy Berwick (Video clip 8 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Cindy Berwick, President NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Incorporated

Cindy Berwick:

Their aspirations are real and this is a ceremony where those aspirations are highlighted and I guess what it does is provide role models and gives us strength to continue on the road and the journey that we’re on.

Aunty Wendy Buchanan (Video clip 9 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Wendy Buchanan, Glebe Public School, Awards for outstanding contribution to educational achievement

Wendy Buchanan:

I’m over the moon [laughs], I didn’t think I’d ever you know get an award and that in my entire life. Especially working with the Department of Education, I have been there for 15 years at Glebe Public School started when my six children went to Glebe Public School, my two eldest went to Darlington Public School. And they wanted some parents to come in and do reading with the children and I just put my hands up and I’ve been there ever since and I worked my way all the way up to acting AEO and I’m so proud and my kids are very proud of me.

Narelle Clapson (Video clip 10 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Narelle Clapson, Award for outstanding contribution to educational achievement by a non-Aboriginal staff member

Narelle Clapson:

It makes me feel extremely proud yet humble, because I see the reward that I get every day when I walk into my classroom and all those little faces smile at me. So the award is great but the job is better.

Benn Saunders (Video clip 11 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Benn Saunders, Taree High School. Award for outstanding leadership in Aboriginal education.

Benn Saunders:

Winning this award makes me feel extremely honoured. I know that there are a lot of people doing a lot of stuff in education and a lot of those people deserve to be up here just as much as I do. The reason why I’ve been involved in Aboriginal education for so long is basically as a young fella when I was going through school I noticed there was a required change that needed to happen in Aboriginal education. It is beautiful to see what is happening in Aboriginal education these days, there’s a lot of changes happening and a lot of Aboriginal perspectives that haven’t in the past been there. It’s good to have Aboriginal people being able to put their perspectives in Aboriginal education.

Ronald Simpson (Video clip 12 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Ronald Simpson, Boorowa Central School, Award for outstanding leadership in Aboriginal languages.

Ronald Simpson:

It makes me feel very proud, a little bit humble, because the journey wasn’t my own; a lot of people helped me on the journey. What it means to me probably most of all is it shows me that the education department is very concerned about not only educational outcomes for students, but building their culture, their pride in their culture and their self-esteem that follows with it. A lot of people, as I said, helped me on my journey Uncle Stan Grant my mentor and language teacher was instrumental, obviously, in me learning the language. The words he gave me on completion of my certificate III was “my journey in language has only just begun; it was now up to me to go and share that knowledge, not keep it to myself”. My Principal, Jenny Green, and her executive team had the foresight to see that self-awareness and connecting to country was very important in building self-esteem and pride in students and noting in that the fact that since we started our language in 2012 we’ve had 100 percent retention rate and Year 12 graduation rate in our Aboriginal students. Jenni Tillett who has been very helpful and very supportive of me both professionally and personally. Most importantly the students who turn up every day enthusiastic, committed and ready to learn. That’s why we all do it.

Aunty Nelly Mooney (Video clip 13 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Aunty Nelly Mooney, Milton Public School. Outstanding contribution to educational achievement by a community member.

Aunty Nelly Mooney:

Very proud. Over the years I’ve helped our students to excel to finish, go from K to 12 and then onto University and on further than that. So it’s not my award it’s for our community because it’s the community that brings us all together to help our Aboriginal students.

Simon Taylor (Video clip 14 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Simon Taylor, Hillvue Public School. Award for outstanding commitment to increasing knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal histories, culture and experiences.

Simon Taylor:

Absolutely awesome to be honest with you, it’s actually my second one, but the feeling certainly like any award doesn’t go away. But this one was very special because it was the inaugural one about the continual practice of culture and exposing people to our culture and our students. And it’s very much an interest or a real strength of mine is getting out on country and showing people our country, so to be recognised for that is absolutely awesome.

Aunty Daphne Bell (Video clip 15 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Daphne Bell, Crawford Public School. Director’s Meritorious Award – Love of Learning.

Aunty Daphne Bell:

I feel very privileged actually to win a Nanga Mai Award because you do things out there in the community all of the time and you just do it because of your heart and you want to do it and just helping out and being there for the community and for our young ones and I just think being acknowledged is really nice after all these years, thank you very much for that, I feel humbled.

Jack Williams (Video clip 16 of 19)

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Heading: 2015 Nanga Mai Awards

[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Jack Williams, St Clair High School. Outstanding achievement in performing/creative/visual arts award.

Jack Williams:

Winning this award it makes me feel really proud of myself especially in the field which is both my hobby, my profession and something that I want to do after school. Creative and performing arts it’s what my life is basically defined by, music in itself, it just makes me feel very honoured and proud, I can’t express how much I feel.

Eden Gonford (Video clip 17 of 19)

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Heading: 2015 Nanga Mai Awards

[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Eden Gonford, Taree High School. Academic Excellence Award.

Eden Gonford:

I feel honoured and proud and very grateful to be considered among all the other recipients. Yeah it’s a very great moment for all of the public schools Aboriginal kids and it’s good to be a part of it.

William Gordon Weeks (Video clip 18 of 19)

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[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: William Gordon Weeks, Busby High School. Encouragement Award.

William Gordon Weeks:

To win this award is an honour for me, for my family to be proud. It’s an accomplishment for all the hard work I put into my school and it’s the first award that me or any of my siblings have received.

Michael Jeffrey (Video clip 19 of 19)

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Heading: 2015 Nanga Mai Awards

[Logos on footer of title screen include: Public Schools NSW, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement, NSW AECG Incorporated, Aboriginal Education Council NSW Incorporated].

Super: Michael Jeffrey, Dubbo College Senior Campus, outstanding achievement in public speaking award.

Michael Jeffrey:

For me to win this award is really a great honour, I feel privileged to be recognised for all my hard work in this forum here today. I’ve never really found public speaking as easy as everyone else, but I think the fact that I’m getting my message across is really the driving inspiration for me. I’ve always had a stutter for all my life and I feel that I always dreamed that I could be a great public speaker to really be an inspiration to other and show them that anything is possible.

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