Student Citizens make their mark on Australia Day


Territory students from 112 urban, regional and remote schools, have been distinguished as recipients of the Student Citizen Award. The award is sponsored by the Department of Education and is part of the Australia Day honours.

Many of the 156 students — from government and non-government schools — have been acknowledged at end of year school assemblies, but 19 students will be presented with their certificate and personalised bronze medallion at ceremonies hosted by the City of Darwin, the City of Palmerston, and Litchfield Council on 26 January.

Alawa Primary School student Bardi Page (pictured) was presented with her certificate and medallion at school.

Principal Sandy Cartwright said: “Bardi is renowned for her positive attitude, a solid attendance record, an ability to accept feedback, and for voluntarily assuming a range of leadership roles at the school.

“We are proud of her achievements, and thrilled to see her recognised as a Student Citizen awardee.”

Palmerston College teacher Anita Newman — a 2017 Palmerston Citizen of the Year award winner — has this year been named an Australia Day Ambassador. Bianca McDonald, a visual arts teacher at Howard Springs Primary School, and Meleene Primero, a performing arts teacher at Rosebery Primary School, were 2018 Australia Day Citizen of the Year finalists.

Student citizenship awards will be presented at the Darwin Convention Centre, beginning 10am, the Palmerston Recreation Centre, commencing 1pm, and the Lakeview Hall, Freds Pass, from 8.30am.

Bardi Page and Matthew Shaw

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