State awards for Tom Price cadets

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

■ The Tom Price Se­nior High School Cadets Unit has con­sol­i­dated its rep­u­ta­tion as one of the State’s best cadets pro­grams, win­ning three awards from the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

Tom Price stu­dents were pre­sented with the Emer­gency Ser­vice Cadet Corps Awards for State Unit Achieve­ment, Cadet Achieve­ment and Host School by DFES cadets co-or­di­na­tor Jo Scardigno at the school’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony early this month.

Ms Scardigno said the Tom Price cadets unit was “just ex­cep­tional”, thanks to strong sup­port from high school staff and emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel.

It marks the sixth year in a row the school has taken home the unit achieve­ment award and its sec­ond win for both other awards.

Tom Price Se­nior High School deputy prin­ci­pal Ni­cole Kelly runs the cadet pro­gram and said it was ex­tremely pop­u­lar at the high school, with about one third of stu­dents in­volved. She said stu­dents ap­pre­ci­ated DFES’ ac­knowl­edge­ments of their hard work.

“It’s great to have the kids recog­nised for the work they do — over 3000 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice this year, "she said. “It’s nice to be recog­nised not only lo­cally but re­gion­ally, and by the State as well.”

Ms Kelly said the cadets pro­gram not only taught stu­dents life skills but also to be­come re­spon­si­ble mem­bers of the Tom Price com­mu­nity.

“Our main aim is to try to get the kids, when they leave school and be­come adults, to vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“They’re our fu­ture vol­un­teers, and coun­try towns like us and Kar­ratha and Hedand can’t sur­vive with­out vol­un­teers.”

Pic­ture: Ni­c­hole Brady/Tom Price Se­nior High School

Year 12 grad­u­at­ing cadets David Moule, 17, Luke Gibbs, Isa­iah Greatorex, 17, Mor­gan O’Connell, Jack Lin­coln, 17, and Bran­don Walawski, 17.

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