2017 Nanga Mai Awards

Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement congratulates this year’s 2017 NSW Public Schools Nanga Mai Award Winners.

Two award winners for the Nanga Mai Awards

Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement (AECE) congratulates the 2017 NSW Public Schools Nanga Mai Award Winners honoured at a ceremony held in Sydney on Tuesday, 28 March. Nanga Mai is an Eora (Sydney) word meaning: ‘To Dream’.

The prestigious award ceremony, supported by the Aboriginal Education Council (NSW) Incorporated recognises and celebrates significant achievements of Aboriginal students and department staff in NSW Public Schools, and community members.

Opening Address at the Nanga Mai Awards

(Opening address, Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance).

This year’s student winners came from a geographically diverse range of schools across NSW including Austral Public School, Bonalbo Central School, Walgett Community College High School, The Rivers Secondary College Richmond, Ashfield Public School, Nambucca Heads Public School, Finley High School, Oak Flats Public Schools, Dubbo College Delroy Campus, Banksmeadow Public School, Cambridge Gardens Public School, Chatham High School, Mount Annan High School, Ballina Public School, Callaghan College Waratah Technology, Bankstown Public School and Menindee Central School.

Special congratulations go to Lithgow High School and Byron Bay High School with 2 winners from each school. The ‘Highest Achieving Aboriginal Student in the 2016 NSW Higher School Certificate Award’ came from Byron Bay High School.

nanga mai award winners

(From left to right: Graham Kahabka - Director’s Meritorious Award Love of Learning, Kayleen Kerwin – Award for outstanding leadership in Aboriginal Languages, Patricia Leverett – Award for outstanding leadership in Aboriginal education, Darren Woodhouse – Award for outstanding contribution to educational achievement by a non-Aboriginal staff member, Eli Cook – Award for outstanding contribution to educational achievement by an Aboriginal staff member).

All the student award winners were recognised for approaching their time at school with enthusiasm and commitment. Department staff award winners were acknowledged for striving to support students to achieve their best and community members who received awards were acknowledged for their deep passion for education and a belief in connections between community and school.

Uncle Allen Madden, a Gadigal Elder from the Eora nation provided an entertaining Welcome to Country. The event was opened by Murat Dizdar, the newly appointed Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance.

Riley Court-Bennett, a current medicine student from UNSW provided an inspiring keynote speech about his hard work and dedication to reach his full potential and aspirations.

Mundarrah Welsh-Jarrett from Tempe High School excelled as the Emcee for the event. Also, wonderful performances were provided by The Sapphires, a student choir from Alexandria Park Community School who sang the Australian national anthem in language, Olivia Fox from Newtown Performing Arts High School who gave an impressive solo vocal performance, and the Chifley Boys Didge Group who provided an enthralling musical piece.

AECE warmly congratulate all the award winners. For further information please read the official media release on the department’s News Centre: http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-us/news-at-det/news/2017-nanga-mai-awards

all winners

(2017 Nanga Mai Awards Winners).

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