Student wins Aboriginal ed award

THE outstanding leadership qualities of a South Grafton High School student have been recognised in a State-wide Aboriginal education awards ceremony.

Manduway Dutton received a Student Leadership accolade at last week’s Nanga Mai Awards, which celebrate innovation, excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education in New South Wales. Held at Sydney’s Customs House in Circular Quay, Manduway did the Clarence proud at the awards, being one of just 13 student award recipients.

State Minister for Education and Training Verity Firth said the award ceremony’s name – Nanga Mai – was a Sydney word meaning ‘to dream’.

“It reflects the work being done in our schools by people who are constantly striving to improve Aboriginal education outcomes,” Ms Firth said.

“These awards are recognition of that effort and the benefits they bring to individuals and the community. I was proud to make the presentations and offer my congratulations to those who received them.”

Award recipients included Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers, school staff and community members.

The Minister was joined by the NSW Director-General of Education and Training, Michael Coutts-Trotter, for the presentations.

This year, Legal Aid presented four scholarships at the awards to Year 11 Aboriginal students who demonstrated strong potential for careers in the justice system.

Awards were presented in a number of categories. Students received awards for Encouragement; Outstanding Achievement in Sport; Outstanding Achievement in Performing/Creative Arts; Student Leadership; Academic Excellence – School Certificate; and Academic excellence – Higher School Certificate.

Two staff were awarded for their ‘outstanding contribution’; while four NSW community members were recognised.

Being the school holidays, the Examiner was unable to contact Manduway for a photo and comment.

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