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Gold Creek School will recognise White Ribbon Day on Friday 23rd November 2018. We will host a White Ribbon Ambassador at our assembly and students can raise money in support of the White Ribbon campaign by wearing a white non-uniform item of clothing (appropriate attire for school) and offering a gold coin donation. Thank You.
(Photo: Ms Perkins, Ms Hunter, The Hon Linda Burney MP, Ms Grove- second Award recipient and Mr Perkins)
One of our teachers, Ms Jas Hunter was awarded the Charles Perkins OAM Memorial Prize from the University of Sydney. Ms Hunter completed her degree at the university in 2017 and is a new teacher to Gold Creek School in 2018. The prize is awarded annually to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student, based on outstanding academic achievement. The prize was awarded by the Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and Ms Rachel Perkins, on behalf of the Charles Perkins Trust.
Ms Hunter teaches Individuals and Societies at Gold Creek School and earlier this year, her year 10 class learnt about Charles Perkins and his achievements as an Aboriginal activist and leader during the 1960s Freedom Rides. Charles Perkins was also the first Aboriginal person to graduate from a university. The prize was set up by his family to acknowledge the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
In her acceptance speech, Ms Hunter spoke about her own high school experience growing up in Western Sydney and her history teacher having a big influence on her. “I enjoyed school, and the reason for that was, that I had teachers at my school who were nothing short of amazing, whom I still remember and who still influence me to this day. When I was in year 12, my history teacher bought our Ancient History class on an excursion to the University of Sydney. I remember being very impressed by the university. Never in my wildest dreams, even at the age of 17, with the world at my feet, did I ever imagine I would graduate from the University of Sydney and be the recipient of such a prestigious and special award”.
Ms Hunter reflects on her high school experience and says that it is what inspires her to be a great teacher and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in schools.
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