Grievance Debate: Morialta Citizenship Awards 2016


Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:44 ): It is my pleasure every year to present awards to students in my electorate who are worthy of citizenship awards. The Morialta Citizenship Award is a prize to the value of $100, a certificate and an acknowledgement of the student's work in a speech that I give every year in the parliament. 

I am very pleased that this year, 2017, for the first time I will be able to offer these citizenship awards to students at schools in Birdwood, Gumeracha, Mount Torrens, Lobethal, Lenswood and Uraidla with the redistribution of electorates. As sad as I am to be losing the areas around Paracombe Primary School, Paradise Primary School, Charles Campbell College, St Francis of Assisi School and Sunrise Christian School, Paradise Campus, I make it clear to those schools that if they wish to continue receiving these awards I am very happy to continue sponsoring them, as the student population is still drawn from areas within the Morialta area despite the redistribution. 

However, today I wish to acknowledge the 2016 winners of the Morialta Citizenship Awards. We have 17 students from 11 schools who received awards. From Athelstone School, congratulations to Liana Pennino and Malachi Ashby, who both competently and responsibly carried out extracurricular duties, whether through leadership, sport or organisational roles, which assisted staff in the general day-to-day running of the school. Both suggested ways they could help and independently saw what needed to be done. They are role models for the rest of the school community. 

From Basket Range Primary School, congratulations to Oliver Cramond. Oliver is Basket Range Primary School's go-to man. He is the first one called upon to set up equipment for special events, to move furniture, to clean up the yard. He accepts responsibility without complaint and, importantly, can be relied upon to complete tasks to meet the school's high standards. He also keeps an eye out for the chickens and guinea pigs at the school. 

From the Charles Campbell College Junior School, congratulations to Chelsea Curtis, vice‑captain of the junior years. She has consistently worked to define leadership through altruism and collaboration. She has organised numerous assemblies and presentation events, and coordinated a public awareness campaign addressing the issue of rubbish on a local and global scale. She also mentors younger students. 

From the Charles Campbell College Middle School, congratulations to Iman Zehra for her commitment to fundraising, for promoting Amnesty International across the student body and for her positive peer support to international students. From the Charles Campbell College Senior School, congratulations to Madison Thiel. Madison is an example to younger students in terms of academic excellence through her involvement in year 12 committees and for her outstanding service to the community in a wide range of areas, including after the Cyclone Pam disaster that devastated Vanuatu. 

From the Norwood Morialta High School Senior School, congratulations to Lana Morro, a passionate advocate for human rights, equality and for the humane treatment of animals and the preservation of endangered species. Lana's extracurricular and outside activities most notably include a longstanding relationship with The Orangutan Project. 

From the Norwood Morialta High School Middle School, congratulations to Hayley Brewer, a very responsible and reliable young woman who is always prepared to help other students. She has been a member of the SRC since year 8 and was its president in 2016. She represented the school on the Campbelltown City Council Youth Advisory Committee and also represented the middle school student voice on the governing council and other school committees. 

From Norton Summit Primary School, congratulations to Cathryn Williams, an extremely self-motivated student who always strives to achieve her personal best in everything she does. She willingly accepts challenges and goes the extra mile to demonstrate her deep understanding in innovative paths forward. 

From Paradise Primary School, congratulations to Jayden Strudwick, a class representative on the SRC. He played a role in community projects, including the nature play area and the new school sign. He also often helps with the school's audio-visual system. From Rostrevor College, congratulations to Samuel Draper. During his time at the college Samuel has volunteered in the learning centres, assisting with Smart Work Sessions. He has also been involved in a Special Olympics program for students with disabilities. 

From Saint Ignatius' College, congratulations to Ashlee Leach, who is very deeply involved with and committed to both the college and the local community. She regularly volunteers for Rotary charities, supporting victims of domestic abuse, the eradication of polio, supporting Shoeboxes of Love and the ShelterBox programs. She also contributed to the youth science forum at the University of South Australia and the Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment. 

Stradbroke School split their award between three students. The first was Caitlyn Hamann, who brings her compassion to caring for younger students and who has volunteered her time for many leadership roles, including as traffic monitor, canteen monitor, library monitor and in many other areas. Keeley Smith, also from Stradbroke School, is a highly motivated student who inspires her fellow students with her willingness to lead, organise and encourage others, which shows that she is a wonderful role model and mentor to younger students as well as being a monitor. Jack Liu, also from Stradbroke, is a UNICEF ambassador as well as a monitor with a special talent for working with younger students. 

From Sunrise Christian School, congratulations to Mary d'Assumpcao, who has contributed specifically to the St Vincent de Paul Appeal. Finally, from Thorndon Park Primary School, congratulations to Domenico Sacca, a wonderful young man who strives for excellence. He continually supports classroom discussions, supports his peers and works as an ambassador.