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Rabbitohs try-scoring legend and Souths Cares ambassador, Nathan Merritt, was on hand at La Perouse Public School last week to help celebrate the achievements of the students at their annual presentation night.

Merritt, who holds the record for the most tries scored by a Rabbitoh, presented awards to the enthusiastic group of students for their outstanding performances in the category of Physical Education and Sports.

Iesha Duckett (Snr Girls), Jermane Cheung (Snr Boys), Kiani Duckett (Jnr Girls), and Juwarn Simpson (Jnr Boys), were the lucky recipients on the night – taking their individual gongs as well as a photo with the Rabbitohs local legend to mark their achievement.

“It was a great occasion being there for the kids to present awards,” said Merritt, reflecting on the event.

“All the kids were great, and those kids that got awards – not just for sport – obviously deserve to be recognised for their hard work

“It goes to show that if you put in your best, you can benefit from it.”

As well as student Awards for citizenship, leadership and a host of academic achievements, the students displayed talent in the performing arts as well, with a number of dance routines and instrumental performances taking place, including a ukulele performance, drumming and other percussion pieces.

La Perouse relieving Principal, Adrian Robinson, said his school is very fortunate to have the support of Souths Cares and ambassadors such as Merritt.

“We really appreciate the work they do for us,” said Robinson.

“Having Nathan present awards was a great surprise for the students.”

La Perouse Public and Souths Cares share a close connection thanks to a shared passion for ensuring delivering a healthy grounding in education, and access to a range of sporting activities.

In addition to taking part in the Randwick City Council and Rabbitohs footy clinic this year, the school is a prime recipient of Souths Cares’ Teachers’ Aide Program – a program that sees all members of the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL Squad complete accredited Teacher Aide Training as part of their commitments to the Club and Community.

Each Player is allocated a School within the South Sydney catchment area to partner with each calendar year.  As part of this commitment, players have an active role within their allocated classroom every three weeks. The Program is aimed at improving school attendance and student behaviour.

Earlier in 2015, Rabbitohs Captain, Greg Inglis – along with other teammates such as George Burgess – delivered the Program to the school, much to the appreciation of the inspired students.

Souths Cares and the Rabbitohs would like to congratulate all the award recipients from La Perouse Public for 2016.

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