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Education excellence honour for students and staff

NSW Department of Education 2 mins read

More than two dozen students, staff and community members have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to Aboriginal education in NSW public schools at the 18th annual Nanga Mai Awards.

The academically successful students, talented performing artists and outstanding sportspeople were recognised alongside dedicated teachers, community leaders and schools at a gala awards ceremony at Darling Harbour on Monday 27 November.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Prue Car said NSW public schools worked to enhance and elevate Aboriginal culture and identity through education.

“Today is a wonderful day as we celebrate academic excellence in our Aboriginal learners, leaders and educators,” Ms Car said.

“I want to send a big congratulations to all the hardworking teachers, school leaders and students being honoured at the Nanga Mai Awards.”

NSW Department of Education Secretary Murat Dizdar said the Nanga Mai Awards recognised students, staff and community members demonstrating excellence across all areas of education, from academic achievement, performing arts and public speaking, through to sport and leadership.

He said there had been an outstanding number of nominations for the 2023 awards.

“From talented young scholars, dancers and athletes to staff who work tirelessly for their schools and communities, I commend the leadership, creativity and excellence demonstrated by our 2023 Nanga Mai Award winners,” Mr Dizdar said.

“These awards continue to show that strong community partnerships, dedicated staff and targeted, culturally appropriate programs are integral to the success and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in NSW public schools.”

The 18th annual Nanga Mai Awards are supported by: Hicksons Lawyers, University of NSW, Teachers Health, Learning Links, TOMRA Cleanaway, Bendelta, Australian National Maritime Museum, Ethika Group, Holding Redlich, CQUniversity Australia.

*Information on the 2023 award recipients is included in the attached booklet. Interviews and photographs are available on request.

Contact details:

Luke Horton | 0436 950 946 |


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