Published online and in print by Cobram Courier on December 18, 2013.
Two Christ the King Anglican College students were awarded the Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award at the school’s assembly last week.
The prestigious award was started in 2006 by the Australian Defence Force to recognise the contributions outstanding Year 10 and 12 students made to their communities.
College recipients, Year 10 student Katie Garth and Year 12 student Jayden Beckwith, are among more than 3000 students Australia-wide to receive the award this year.
Katie’s award was accompanied by a $250 bursary.
Jayden won a $550 bursary and is now a two-time recipient, after being the school’s Year 10 Long Tan student in 2011.
‘‘I feel like I’ve accomplished something and I’ve really done well,’’ he said.
Jayden was part of the school’s student council since Year 8, and served as school captain this year.
Having just completed his studies, Jayden said he hoped to become a legal officer in the defence force.
‘‘Because I’m going into the army itself, I feel that little bit more proud because I’ve actually got a defence force award,’’ he said.
Deputy principal Shae Doyle said Jayden made a huge contribution to the school community.
‘‘He demonstrates all the things you would expect from a leader,’’ Ms Doyle said.
‘‘He’s a good role model for younger students.
‘‘He’s reliable and dependable.’’
Ms Doyle said Katie had made an impact not only on the school but also on the wider community after moving to Cobram earlier in the year.
‘‘Katie has only been here a short time, but when there’s a cause to raise money for she’s a driving force behind it,’’ Ms Doyle said.
‘‘She goes about it in a very unassuming way.’’
Katie transferred to Christ the King Anglican College from Oaklands Central School in NSW after gaining an academic scholarship.
Her interest in volunteer work began after a school trip to Melbourne this year to learn about The Big Issue, a magazine sold on city street corners by disadvantaged and homeless people so they can earn a wage.
When she returned, Katie organised a ‘meal deal day’ at the school and raised more than $400 for charity Moira Foodshare.
‘‘They provide meals for people who may not be able to afford a meal once a night or at all,’’ Katie said.
‘‘It’s a sense of community.
‘‘It’s made me feel better that I’ve done something to help.
‘‘And now I’ve been rewarded for it, as well.’’