Inspirational students honoured

Thirty-one students from 29 local schools were recognised at the awards ceremony.

Students from across Casey have been recognised for their leadership efforts.

Federal Member for Holt Anthony Byrne presented the 2018 Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards on Monday 17 December.

Last year marked the 17th anniversary since the awards were initiated and acknowledged students who actively contribute to their school and their wider community.

Thirty-one students from 29 local schools were recognised at the awards ceremony held at the Cranbourne Community Theatre.

The Awards ceremony was attended by over 150 people including award recipients, parents, teachers and family members.

“It is important that we as a community celebrate the wonderful achievements and outstanding contributions made by the students in their schools and the wider community,” said Mr Byrne.

“We heard inspiring stories of students who have embodied community spirit and demonstrated maturity beyond their years. We heard about students who organised fundraisers for local charities, represented their schools in sporting competitions, participated in various ceremonies as well as represented their schools as ambassadors in the local community,” he said.

In particular, one student organised a ‘PJ Day’, where students were encouraged to wear their pyjamas to school if they donated a gold coin, or otherwise donated a new pair of pyjamas for children in need.

The student not only helped raise $395, but also 105 pairs of new pyjamas were given to a local charity.

“It was a great honour to present these awards. I am extremely proud of our young people, and I know that our future will be in safe in their hands with such inspiring stories.’ Mr Byrne said.

All award recipients received a framed certificate and a Village Cinemas voucher.

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