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Recognising our state’s outstanding Aboriginal students

Monday, June 1, 2015

Our most outstanding Aboriginal secondary students within the public education system will today have their academic achievements recognised at the DECD Chief Executive’s Reconciliation Awards, with Dame Roma Mitchell Scholarship recipients also being announced at the ceremony.

Presented annually, the Chief Executive’s Reconciliation Awards go to the two highest achieving Aboriginal students who have completed their SACE, with recipients each receiving a $1,000 voucher to assist with further study.

DECD Chief Executive Tony Harrison says the awards recognise the achievement of outstanding young people who are striving to achieve their full potential.

“Educational achievement, specifically the successful completion of year 12, is one of the most significant factors in providing young people with access to future opportunities,” Mr Harrison said.

“Every year we continue to see success in the outcomes achieved by Aboriginal students, with the numbers of Aboriginal students staying in school to finish Year 12 increasing.

“These awards celebrate the achievements made by our Aboriginal students, and I congratulate the recipients and wish them well in their future endeavours.”

Mr Harrison is presenting the vouchers to Kaitlin Morrison who completed year 12 at the Australian Science and Mathematics School, and Chloe Wegener who graduated from Reynella East College.

The Dame Roma Mitchell Scholarships valued at $1000 each will also be presented to seven students who are currently undertaking their SACE, which recognise their commitment to their education and pursuing their ambitions, and their role as positive leaders in their community.

The 2015 Dame Roma Mitchell Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Jaylon Newchurch from Salisbury High School
  • Alexander Davis from Hamilton Secondary College
  • Edwin Dyson from Moonta Area School
  • Eboni Frankel from Glossop High School
  • Ashley Tye from Grant High School
  • Carron Kaluha Daveson from Moonta Area School
  • Ebony Janiak from Port Augusta Secondary School

“Presenting these awards during National Reconciliation Week acknowledges the importance of education and reconciliation as co-contributors to success,” Mr Harrison said.

“We will continue to foster positive educational experiences for Aboriginal children, young people and their families to ensure they have access to participating in a rich and fulfilling education.”

The Awards Ceremony is being held at the Adelaide Town Hall on Monday 1 June, 2015.