2012 Nanga Mai Awards

The innovation, excellence and achievement of Aboriginal students, school staff and community members were recognised at the sixth annual NSW Schools' Nanga Mai Awards.

"The Nanga Mai Awards are an opportunity for students and staff, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, schools and communities to shine," Michele Hall, director of Aboriginal education and training with the Department of Education and Communities said.

"The awards showcased those who were among the best and brightest in public education."

"The awards can lay the foundations for the ignition and fulfillment of one's dreams or aspirations for a life nurtured by many learnings and achievements."

"The awards are a great honour and I extend my congratulations to the students, staff and Aboriginal community members who have contributed so much to education in our homes, communities, schools and regions," Ms Hall said.

Nanga Mai is an Eora word meaning "to dream".

AUDIO: Listen to some of the award recipients discuss their motivations and aspirations

Legal Aid scholarship

Connor Floyd is in Year 11 at Alstonville High School. Listen to Connor discuss what motivates him at school and his goal to help people get equal access to the law.

Link to MP3 audio file: http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/detresources/ConnorFloyd_0005_PJ_LUcuVuRvic.mp3

Student Leadership Award

Mariah Reynolds is in Year 12 at East Hills Girls Technology High School.   Mariah talks about her inspiration, motivation and career goals.

Link to MP3 audio file: https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/detresources/MariahReynolds_0003_PJ_JnqyDpuLgA.mp3

Outstanding Achievement in Public Speaking Award

Ngaire East graduated from Kiama High School.  Ngaire provides tips on staying motivated and talks about the volunteer work she'll undertake in the community during her gap year.

Link to MP3 audio file: https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/detresources/NyarieEast_0006_PJ_IntJlGqpaA.mp3

Director General's Meritorious Award for Love of Learning

Aunty Isobel Reid from Wagga Wagga (Wiradjuri Country) talks about her dedication to young children and the importance of education.

Link to MP3 audio file: https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/detresources/IsabelReid_0007_PJ_rZYrCsOUUS.mp3

Nanga Mai Award recipients

Encouragement Award

Beau Mason Youth Connections – Ettalong

Encouragement Award

Braydan Collins Cook Queanbeyan Public School

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport

Janayah Freeman Young High School

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport

Mariah Jones Tweed River High School

Academic Excellence Award – School Certificate

Sarah Thomas Lightning Ridge Central School

Academic Excellence Award – School Certificate

Jye Mitchell Bulli High School

Student Leadership Award

Paige Stewart Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

Student Leadership Award

Mariah Reynolds East Hills Girls Technology High School

Outstanding Achievement in Performing, Creative and Visual Arts Award

Bridget Cama Lithgow High School

Outstanding Achievement in Performing, Creative and Visual Arts Award

Desmond Cannings Keira High School

Outstanding Achievement in Public Speaking Award

Ngaire East Kiama High School

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Educational Achievement by a Community Member

(Aunty) Mary Chatfield South Western Sydney Region

School/Community Partnership Award

Armidale High School/Backtrack Youth Works

Academic excellence award – higher school certificate

Jason Sines Jnr Ballina High School

Academic Excellence Award – Higher School Certificate

Dylan Nicholls Kingscliff High School

Outstanding Regional Innovation Award

lIIawarra and South East Region Aboriginal Portfolio

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Educational Achievement by a non-Aboriginal Staff Member

Margaret Skeel South Grafton High School, North Coast Region

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Educational Achievement by an Aboriginal Staff Member

Catherine Jeffery Inverell High School

Aspiration Award

Caitlin Ellis Southern Cross School

Aspiration Award

Jonathon Kennedy Blakehurst High School

Find out more about the Nanga Mai Awards.

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