Deadly awards help bring to life student success
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.
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.