Student achievement awards - community languages

2013 Minister's Language Award

Ten NSW students have been recognised for their achievement in community languages at a ceremony in Sydney.

The winners of this year's Minister's Awards for Excellence in Student Achievement – Community Languages were selected from more than 250 nominated students around the state.

Each year, community language schools nominate students on the basis of their academic achievement, language proficiency and contribution to the community.

The students were presented with certificates of achievement by Marie Ficarra as delegate for Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, who was unable to attend the ceremony.

"These outstanding young students are developing language and cultural skills that will undoubtedly benefit them in the future," Ms Ficarra said.

"They have achieved excellence in studies of their background language and have shown their special interest by studying aspects of their cultural heritage.

"I congratulate everyone for their fine efforts in a wide range of languages, including Portuguese, Polish, Japanese and Sinhala."

The Department of Education and Communities administers the Community Languages Schools Program, which provides annual funding to community organisations to operate language classes outside mainstream school hours for school-aged children in NSW.

This year, almost 60 community or heritage languages were offered in more than 400 locations to around 30,000 students.

Junior recipients

Name and language

Community language school

School attended

Amy Clarke (Korean)

Australia Korean School Inc.

Hornsby North Public School

Sara Hossain (Bengali)

 

Bangla Academy Australia Community Language School

Epping West Public School

 

Yuki Matsuura (Japanese)

NSW Japanese School Inc.

Ashbury Public School

Julian Tyl (Polish)

School of Sydney Inc

Chatswood Public School

Mario Rymovskyy (Ukrainian)

 

St Andrews Ukrainian Ethnic School

Excelsior Public School

Senior recipients

Name and language

Community language school

School attended

Ani Dilanchian (Armenian)

Armenian Hamazkain Armenian Educational and Cultural Society Regional Committee Inc.

Wenona

 

Cynthia Zhuang (Chinese)

Chinese Catholic Community Inc.

Hornsby Girls High School

 

Tiago Martins (Portuguese)

Portuguese Ethnic Schools Association of Australia Inc.

 

Canterbury Boys High School

 

Ama Gunaratne (Sinhala)

Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW Australia Inc.

Baulkham Hills High School

Mayura Khanthan (Tamil)

Tamil Study Centre Homebush Inc.

Strathfield Girls High School

Tiago Martins (Portuguese) Ethnic Schools Association of Australia Inc. Canterbury Boys High School

Photo: 2013 recipients of Minister's Award for Excellence in Student Achievement - Community Languages. Front (L-R): Julian Tyl, Mario Rymovskyyh, Yuki Matsuura, Sara Houssain, Amy Clarke. Back: Cynthia Zhuang, Tiago Martins, Mayura Khanthan, (The Hon Marie Ficarro MLC), Ama Gunaratne, Ani Dilanchian.

 

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