Deadly awards help bring to life stu­dent suc­cess

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THE Dir­rawarra Proud and Deadly Awards are about more than just aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

The awards aim to recog­nise and cel­e­brate Indige­nous stu­dents’ achieve­ments through­out the school year in ar­eas in­clud­ing aca­demics, art, mu­sic, lead­er­ship and sport.

Wan­garatta High School hosted the fifth an­nual event last week where more than 110 stu­dents from 15 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools were hon­oured for their achieve­ments.

The cer­e­mony kicked off with a cul­tural open­ing in­clud­ing a per­for­mance by the Bpangerang dancers.

Abo­rig­i­nal Elders pre­sented each stu­dent with an award which this year’s event vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor Coby Brock said was “a great hon­our to ev­ery­one in­volved”.

Wan­garatta High School year 10 stu­dent, Jes­sica Holdridge, had re­ceived awards for her tal­ents in the cre­ative arts in pre­vi­ous years.

“I think the awards are such a good op­por­tu­nity to see more of what Indige­nous stu­dents can do,” she said.

“It doesn’t just award one type of per­son, we see people of all tal­ents be­ing awarded.

“It is good that we have brought some­thing in to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity.”

The Dir­rawarra Proud and Deadly Awards started in 2013 and is a com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive de­signed to build Indige­nous stu­dents’ pride, self es­teem and pas­sion to en­cour­age on­go­ing suc­cess.

The event was spon­sored by the Dir­rawarra Indige­nous Net­work and schools in Wan­garatta and sur­round­ing ar­eas were in­vited to nom­i­nate their Indige­nous stu­dents for an achieve­ment award.

Stu­dents ex­plored in­for­ma­tion stalls held by lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion providers after the cer­e­mony.

PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

RECOG­NIS­ING SUC­CESS: Wan­garatta High School stu­dents (from left) Trevor Kniese, By­ron Wil­son, Timeeka Ge­orge and Jes­sica Holdridge were among stu­dents recog­nised for their achieve­ments from more than 15 schools.

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