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Ella Lee wins Outstanding Student Leadership Award

By Jason Irvine

A student from Broken Hill has been recognised and celebrated for her excellence in Aboriginal education in New South Wales public schools at the 17th Nanga Mai Awards.

The awards, presented by the NSW Department of Education at a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday night, recognises school students, staff and Elders who have made a significant contribution to their communities. Nangi Mai is an Eora word meaning “to dream”.

Ella Lee, a Year 6 student at Broken Hill Public School, where she is and is School Captain, was among 30 academically successful students, public speakers, performing artists, sportspeople and student leaders to each win an award, at an event that also recognised seven public school staff and six community leaders and schools.

Miss Lee was awarded an Outstanding Student Leadership Award for a long list of leadership achievements as captain, including fronting and leading student representative meetings and assemblies, reading the newsletter to the community via video, as well as leading the school in the Reconciliation march in Broken Hill.

Described as, “a diligent student who participates in all school activities with enthusiasm and a strong commitment to do well”, she has also taken part in leadership video conferences that link students from all over NSW together, has represented her various sporting endeavours at the highest level possible, and is looked up to as a valuable role model at Broken Hill Public School.

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