Korreil Wonnai AECG celebrates achievements of Cessnock's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Kullaburra Awards

PROUD: Kullaburra Marrung award recipients Jacinta White (Mount View High), Anja Atkinson (Kurri Kurri High) and Sarah Sales (Cessnock High) at the awards ceremony at Cessnock High School on August 28. Picture: Krystal Sellars
PROUD: Kullaburra Marrung award recipients Jacinta White (Mount View High), Anja Atkinson (Kurri Kurri High) and Sarah Sales (Cessnock High) at the awards ceremony at Cessnock High School on August 28. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Korreil Wonnai Aboriginal Education Consultative Group recognised the achievements and successes of local students at its seventh annual Kullaburra awards on Wednesday.

Indigenous students from the Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools, Kurri Kurri Learning Community and St. Philip's Christian College Cessnock were recognised at the ceremony, which was held at Cessnock High School.

Kullaburra is the Awabakal and Wonnarua word for "shining", and awards MC Shannon Ping said the recipients were deemed to be shining members of their schools, communities and generation.

More than 140 students were honoured at the awards, with categories for year 12 completion, leadership, sporting, all-rounders and for attendance of 95 percent or above.

Mount View High student Jacinta White, Kurri Kurri High's Anja Atkinson and Cessnock High's Sarah Sales received the Kullaburra Marrung award, a special category recognising high school students who display outstanding dedication to their school, culture and community.

The Wonnarua word for "good, valuable and excellent," the Marrung award includes a trophy and monetary scholarship, sponsored by Korreil Wonnai AECG through its fundraising efforts (including polo shirt sales).

The awards ceremony included performances by Kurri Kurri High School student Kayla Hedges (who sang the national anthem), the Stanford Merthyr Infants School dance group, the Kirawa dance group (featuring students from Cessnock High School and its partner primary schools) and Cessnock High School student Ellen Cowper, who performed the Wukun dance.

AECG president Sonia Sharpe said the awards were highly regarded and enjoyed by the community.

"One high school student wanted to make sure she got her award before she left to go to work - it shows even our high school kids love getting on stage and being recognised," she said.

Mr Ping, the AECG treasurer, said the committee was dedicated to improving students' cultural wellbeing.

"Aboriginal education is everyone's business, and as we've seen here today, we have a bright future," Mr Ping said.

See the full list of award recipients below.

2019 KULLABURRA AWARDS

YEAR 12 COMPLETION

  • Katie C - Cessnock High School
  • Katie F - Cessnock High School
  • Jacob H - Cessnock High School
  • Brendan L - Cessnock High School
  • Djnarli M - Cessnock High School
  • Ryan P - Cessnock High School
  • Kiara P - Cessnock High School
  • Ronald T - Cessnock High School
  • Luke W - Cessnock High School
  • Temika A - Kurri Kurri High School
  • Anja A - Kurri Kurri High School
  • Cooper C - Kurri Kurri High School
  • Jace L - Kurri Kurri High School
  • Kaitin M - Kurri Kurri High School
  • Alexandria S - Kurri Kurri High School
  • Dominic S - Kurri Kurri High School
  • Joshua T - Kurri Kurri High School
  • Dylan B - Mount View High School
  • George C - Mount View High School
  • Jordan D - Mount View High School
  • Jai D - Mount View High School
  • Dakota F - Mount View High School
  • Hayley K - Mount View High School
  • Riley K - Mount View High School
  • Madi L - Mount View High School
  • Taneisha R - Mount View High School
  • Cheyenne R - Mount View High School
  • Daniel R - Mount View High School
  • Jenna S - Mount View High School

ATTENDANCE AWARDS

  • Grace B - Abermain PS
  • Katelyn E - Abermain PS
  • Kieran M - Abermain PS
  • Kaitlin P-D - Abermain PS
  • Kayleigh C - Bellbird PS
  • Evan G - Bellbird PS
  • Olivia G - Bellbird PS
  • Patrick J - Bellbird PS
  • Makayla H - Cessnock East PS
  • Jaida S - Cessnock East PS
  • Chevelle B - Cessnock HS
  • Jayde D - Cessnock HS
  • Tanika D - Cessnock HS
  • Ethen F - Cessnock HS
  • Jacob F - Cessnock HS
  • Taylor H - Cessnock HS
  • Natarlia-Jade L-T - Cessnock HS
  • Keelee S - Cessnock HS
  • Lalayla A-O - Cessnock PS
  • Trey D - Cessnock PS
  • Dylan F - Cessnock PS
  • William H - Cessnock PS
  • Ivy-Rose M - Cessnock PS
  • Amara-Jade W - Cessnock West PS
  • Gemma W - Cessnock West PS
  • Sawyer D - Ellalong PS
  • Lexie M - Ellalong PS
  • Joaquin H - Kearsley PS
  • Leon H - Kearsley PS
  • Selene H - Kearsley PS
  • Theo H - Kearsley PS
  • Joseph K-G - Kearsley PS
  • Cooper B - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Jaimee W - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Olivia W - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Aaliya D-T - Kurri Kurri PS
  • Jonathan N - Kurri Kurri PS
  • Eddie H - Millfield PS
  • Jordan M - Mount View HS
  • Kane V - Mount View HS
  • Cooper W - Mulbring PS
  • Tyson C - Nulkaba PS
  • Coralie R - Paxton PS
  • Lexi H-L - Pelaw Main PS
  • Connor L-C - Pelaw Main PS
  • Xavier L-C - Pelaw Main PS
  • Ciara H - Stanford Merthyr IS
  • Billie-Rose W - Stanford Merthyr IS
  • Blake J - Weston PS
  • Declan J - Weston PS

ALL-ROUNDER AWARDS

  • Kaitlin P-D - Abermain PS
  • Ella W - Bellbird PS
  • Mikaylah H - Cessnock East PS
  • Alexandra K - Cessnock HS
  • Jesse K - Cessnock HS
  • Lebron M - Cessnock HS
  • Chloe S - Cessnock PS
  • Maliyan D - Cessnock West PS
  • Jasmine W - Cessnock West PS
  • Clare C - Kearsley PS
  • Haylee F - Kitchener PS
  • Maddilyn H - Kitchener PS
  • Temika A - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Cooper B - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Tiarna M - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Dominic S - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Ester T - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Caleb V - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Micah T - Kurri Kurri PS
  • Emily F - Mount View HS
  • Aleah O - Mount View HS
  • Jacinta W - Mount View HS
  • Ava V - Nulkaba PS
  • Olivia J - Paxton PS
  • Zalii B - Pelaw Main PS
  • Raegan B - Stanford Merthyr IS
  • Lukhi S - Weston PS

SPORT AWARDS

  • Kalob H - Abermain PS
  • Sienna J - Bellbird PS
  • Ethan F - Cessnock East PS
  • Jordarna B - Cessnock HS
  • Christina G - Cessnock HS
  • Djnarli M - Cessnock HS
  • Tanesha L - Cessnock West PS
  • Cooper O - Cessnock West PS
  • Jack W - Cessnock West PS
  • Joseph K-G - Kearsley PS
  • Dakotah J - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Darcy J - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Riley J - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Ella S - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Joshua T - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Aiden G - Kurri Kurri PS
  • Riley D - Millfield PS
  • Jacob B - Mount View HS
  • Liam B - Mount View HS
  • Sylvia C - Mount View HS
  • Peter O - Mount View HS
  • Cody S - Nulkaba PS
  • Bam S - Paxton PS
  • Hunter B - Pelaw Main PS
  • Jorga B - St Philip's Christian College
  • Madison M - Weston PS

LEADERSHIP AWARDS

  • Jayde D - Cessnock HS
  • Taylor H - Cessnock HS
  • Sarah S - Cessnock HS
  • Amber J - Cessnock PS
  • Caleb C - Cessnock West PS
  • Paige C - Cessnock West PS
  • Ava D - Kearsley PS
  • Anja A - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Cooper C - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Macayla G - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Jordan L - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Jackson S - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Jaimee W - Kurri Kurri HS
  • Kyah O - Kurri Kurri PS
  • Paige H - Millfield PS
  • Abbey C - Mount View HS
  • Kane F - Mount View HS
  • Lincoln J - Mount View HS
  • Tameika S - Nulkaba PS
  • Tylah S - Paxton PS
  • Connor L-C - Pelaw Main PS
  • Gabrielle M - St Philip's Christian College
  • Ryah H - Weston PS

KULLABURRA MARRUNG AWARDS

  • Jacinta White - Mount View HS
  • Sarah Sales - Cessnock HS
  • Anja Atkinson - Kurri Kurri HS

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