Belyuen celebrates major win
Aiden Sing of Belyuen School [pictured] is the 2021 Australian Teacher Aide of the Year.
He was one of eight finalists, and the only Northern Territory contender for the prestigious award.
Aiden said: “I couldn't fathom I'd won the award. I was in such disbelief. I felt so honoured and proud, not only for myself, but also for my community.
“Winning means the work I’ve been doing at Belyuen School this year has been recognised.
“It's made me realise what I'm doing is much bigger than just being a teacher; it's changing lives and directing [students’] to a bigger and better future.
“I'm doing something amazing…perhaps this could drive something in the hearts of not just the kids that I work with, but with all Aboriginal kids across Australia.”
Nominator and Principal Elspeth Hurse said: “Aiden is an outstanding educator, and an inspirational leader.
“Teacher aides are the backbone of Belyuen School. They are strong role models who bridge cultures, link families and the school, and nurture and teach children with high additional needs.
“This award not only celebrates Aiden’s achievements…but also the wonderful Indigenous teacher aides working in challenging contexts across Australia."
Aiden is completing the Certificate III in Education Support and aims to become a teacher.
The award winner was announced on Thursday 2 September.