Lit­tle Aussie sur­prise for Chloe

Southern Riverina news - - AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS 2019 -

Young role model Chloe Ro­rato (pic­tured) was se­lected as the Lit­tle Aussie for St Joseph’s at the Jer­ilderie Aus­tralia Day Awards on Satur­day night.

The 10 year-old was ca­su­ally sit­ting back with her fam­ily en­joy­ing the even­ing when she re­ceived the shock an­nounce­ment.

In her ci­ta­tion Chloe is de­scribed as ‘‘al­ways con­sid­er­ate of her peers, and gladly as­sists staff and other stu­dents when­ever she can’’.

She said it was amaz­ing to be the Lit­tle Aussie for St Joseph’s and em­pha­sised it was an ‘‘awe­some’’ school.

‘‘I had no idea and I couldn’t be­lieve it; it was so cool,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s an awe­some school, with awe­some teach­ers and kids. I just love it.’’

Chloe said among her most ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties last year were danc­ing and play­ing the trum­pet.

‘‘The dio­cese said ev­ery kid should have a right to play an in­stru­ment so they started that in 2016.

‘‘I wanted to play an in­stru­ment be­cause I thought it would be cool to read mu­sic and they picked me for the trum­pet; I love play­ing it.

‘‘I was in my first dance con­test as well. There were about 100 kids and amaz­ing cos­tumes and all the teach­ers were nice; it was a lot of fun.’’

Her favourite style is the cartwheel­ing acro dance.

Cath Ro­rato was quite a happy mother, say­ing she was ‘‘very proud’’ of her daugh­ter.

‘‘You just hope they’re happy and en­joy­ing what they do,’’ she said.

Lit­tle Aussie recog­nises the com­mit­ment and en­deav­ours of younger com­mu­nity mem­bers.

The award sees one pupil from both the Jer­ilderie Pub­lic and St Joseph’s Pri­mary se­lected on merit for their con­tri­bu­tions to the school.

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