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8 September, 2020

Kyle Welsh receives Ralph and Audrey Naden Award

Gilgandra High School captain Kyle Welsh has received the prestigious Ralph and Audrey Naden Award, which was presented during local NAIDOC Week celebrations at the school.

Kyle Welsh

Since 2012 the award has been presented to an outstanding year 12 Aboriginal student. Kyle has been recognised for his achievements at school and in sport.

With plans to study nursing next year at university, Kyle’s favourite subject at school is health. While his greatest sporting achievement was playing on the Combined High Schools Greater Western Rugby League team at Newcastle last year.

“That was a highlight of pretty much my whole school career,” Kyle said.

Being presented with the Ralph and Audrey Naden award “means a lot” to Kyle and he hoped it would encourage other Aboriginal students to achieve their goals.

“I hope it sets an example and other Indigenous students are inspired.” The award recipient said NAIDOC Week was a special time of year.  

“It’s everything. It means so much. It’s my culture, it’s where I come from and it’s a chance for Aboriginal people to be proud of who they are,” he said.

The theme for 2020 NAIDOC week was ‘Always was, Always will be’. Due to COVID-19 members of the community could not attend events at Gilgandra High School however, staff and students spent the week acknowledging the importance of Indigenous history, culture and achievements. This included a flag raising assembly, awards presentation, fete, and playing traditional games.

“We had a wonderful week celebrating Indigenous culture,” said the school’s Aboriginal education officer, Kimm Naden.

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