Orara High deputy principal Michael Bleakley, right, congratulates Lachlan Fitzgerald and Angela Hunt on their awards. (Emily Newton was taking exams).
Orara High deputy principal Michael Bleakley, right, congratulates Lachlan Fitzgerald and Angela Hunt on their awards. (Emily Newton was taking exams). BRUCE THOMAS

Students win leaders' awards

THEIR leadership prowess is already turning heads and they haven’t even left school yet.

Orara High students Lachlan Fitzgerald, Angela Hunt and Emily Newton are toasting their success in the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards.

They get $100, $250 and $500 respectively and were nominated by their year advisers and teachers based on their contributions to the school community.

The awards identify values and qualities upheld by the ADF and students don’t even have to be keen on an armed forces career to qualify.

Among the criteria are leadership, teamwork, values, problem-solving, resourcefulness, communication, co-operation and community involvement.

“These awards are really good because it shows that people recognise what you do for your school. It’s good to be recognised,” Angela said.

Lachlan said he didn’t even know he’d been nominated for the prestigious award.

“I planted trees around the school and I didn’t think they took notice,” he said.

Emily was also thrilled to get her award but she’s had no time to talk about it – she’s completing her HSC exams.

The trio will be applauded at a school presentation day in December.



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