The Southern Cross : August 2011
Page 18 August 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | schools Rostrevor College prefect Delahay Miller was named the NAIDOC Young Male of the Year last month for his inspirational leadership of Aboriginal students at the Woodforde all-boys boarding house. Delahay, 18, is captain of the Rostrevor College first 18 football team, a member of the College's Indigenous Sports Academy and a recipient of the Indigenous Youth Leadership Scholarship from the Smith Family. "I'm interested in helping young people as I've had some great teachers and I would like to be like them," says Delahay. The youth from Elliston, on South Australia's West Coast, says he wants to become a PE or primary school teacher. Indigenous Sports Academy manager Jerry McCarthy, who nominated Delahay, says he has made an "outstanding" contribution to the school community. "He is a great leader and he has mentored many of the indigenous boys here." Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Grace Portolesi said the 2011 NAIDOC Award winners embodied the spirit of this year's NAIDOC Week theme: Change: the next step is ours. The awards, announced in July at the Adelaide Town Hall as part of the Lord Mayor's Morning Tea, celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to shaping South Australia's future. "Each of these recipients have taken control of their futures and worked hard towards making a difference," Ms Portolesi said. Other category winners included: Persons of the Year -- Chris Koolmatrie and Paul Tanner; Young Female of the Year -- Naomi Parrott; Female Elder of the Year -- Christine Wilson; Male Elder of the Year -- Murray George; Scholar of the Year -- Kudnarto Joy Watson; Trainee of the Year -- Tarita Chester; Sportsperson of the Year -- Ajay Nguyen and Event of the Year -- South East Aboriginal Focus Groups (SEAFG). Hero on and off the field NAIDOC AWARD: Rostrevor College prefect Delahay Miller was named Young Male of the Year. TO MARKET TO MARKET: Georgia (pictured top left) was among children from St Catherine's School (R-7), in Stirling, who helped harvest produce from the school's herb and vegetable garden as part of a market day in July. Students dressed up as farmers and sold produce to raise funds for the school environment program. St Catherine's has a strong environmental focus which includes maintaining the wetlands environment. Students from Reception and Year 1 (pictured above) are working in the wetlands with their Year 4 buddy class. They have been spreading straw to make the permaculture vegetable garden, testing the PH of the wetlands pond water and weeding, mulching and planting.