Friday November 30, 2012
Six students from Colyton High School Trade School met with NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell and Mulgoa MP, Tanya Davies in Parliament house last week at a morning tea to recognise their achievements in community service.
Steven Chand, Ryan Guy, James Minella, Jake Moir, Emma Robinson and Corey Davis all earned a Black Opal award as part of the NSW Premier's Student Volunteering Awards.
The NSW Premier’s Student Volunteering Awards Program is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to increase community participation and volunteering.
The Black Opal Award recognises students who have completed 150 hours of volunteering service in the community. The students from Colyton have been involved in a range of activities, including organising and running the Boer War Service for St Marys RSL Sub Branch, peer support programs, running transition programs and reading programs for primary school students and volunteering in a variety of capacities in sports and many other activities.
The Premier, who is also the Minister for Western Sydney, told the students that he was proud to be able to recognise young people from NSW that show such an understanding of social needs and commitment to helping others.
"Volunteering can be a powerful experience and can motivate and deepen understanding and empathy for others in our community. Generous and community-minded young people, like these students are a tribute to Western Sydney" Premier O'Farrell said.
Mrs Davies said it was a privilege to be able to host the event in Parliament House with the Premier.
"I was extremely proud to recognise the achievements and quality of these students from Colyton High School Trade School"
"These students, their parents and teachers and the whole school community should be very pleased with six students achieving the Black Opal Award. The students have been able to achieve the Black Opal Award because of the positive, supportive and cohesive school environment." Mrs Davies said.