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Cultural Focus leads to NAIDOC Medal of Excellence

Michelle Auld November 1st

Emilyn James from St Joseph’s School was selected as one of 20 students in the State to be presented with a NAIDOC Medal of Excellence. Miss Amee Coles, Emilyn’s Pre-Primary Teacher and Aboriginal Learning Co-ordinator for the school, is a strong promoter of cultural acceptance and understanding. As part of NAIDOC planning for 2019 the school received an invite from Koori Kids and the Department of Education to participate in a colouring-in competition. Emilyn’s awareness of colours and Aboriginal art led to her selection. “By participating in the competition it further embedded the value we place in acknowledging the first people of Australia,” Amee said. “If we start teaching children from an early age to accept and understand, we hope to make the world a better place,” Amee continued.

Emilyn received the Medal of Excellence at our End of Term Three Assembly which was presented by Senior Constable Larry Garlett who was also influential in our community NAIDOC experiences. Congratulations to Emilyn.