Tara Jackson, Souths Cares School To Work Transition Program (S2W) student, has won a Department of Education 2015 Deadly Kids Doing Well Award.
The annual awards were presented at a formal ceremony held in the Great Hall at the University of Technology Sydney last week.
Souths Cares Mentor, Kiara Maza, said the awards were developed to celebrate remarkable gains made by Aboriginal students and is a yearly highlight of the NSW Aboriginal Education and Engagement Team’s calendar.
“Typically, students are nominated for attending school regularly, completing set tasks, improved school work, achieving at a high level and for being a positive leader,” she said.
“Tara won her award as an acknowledgement of her academic achievements, leadership skills and school attendance.
“Throughout the year Tara was being mentored by Souths Cares to help her overcome any issues that may have prevented her from completing her schooling.
“I’m really proud to say that Tara has developed in to a hardworking, reliable and mature student.
“So it is not surprising that these positive outcomes have been recognised."
Kiara also said that despite the demands of being in her HSC year, Tara still found time to give back to Souths Cares and community.
“During the 2015 season, Tara worked for Souths Cares each Game Day,” said Kiara.
“She was actively involved in fundraising activities such as selling raffle tickets, doubles and Big League magazines, knowing the money she raised goes straight back in to our popular health and education programs.
“Tara is a future leader of her community and she is already showing that she is a role model of others.
“Everyone at Souths Cares is very happy for Tara and wish her continued success,” Kiara concluded.
Currently completing her HSC examinations, Tara is a student at Matraville Sports High School, in Sydney’s southern suburbs.