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From the Deputy’s Desk: Community Service Awards

Patrick Brennan, Deputy Head of College

2018 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award Winners

Congratulations to Ned Wieland and Tom Carey who were publicly recognised by the Order of Australia Association (NSW) for their exemplary service to the community by receiving the 2018 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award at a ceremony on Friday at Government House.

In 1992 the founder of these awards, the late Dr John Lincoln AM became concerned that secondary school students were unaware of the high principles and prestige of the Order of Australia. He thought that the Association should give recognition to students with an excellent record of community service.

Each year nominations are given to the panel who meet at Macquarie University where the Vice-Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Di Yerbury AO is a selector. The other members of the panel include Vice-Admiral David Leach AC, CBE, LVO and Emeritus Professor John Collins AM.

Both boys represented the College with distinction and their respective charity work acknowledged publicly at the ceremony. Ned, becoming the youngest Australian to swim the English Channel for RUOK and Tom one of the highest fundraisers in the country through his promotion of the World’s Greatest Shave.

The awards were presented by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC.

Year 10 Students Forum at St Vincent’s College

Last week, twenty of our Year 10 students were invited to participate in a forum at St Vincent’s College. Students at St Vincent’s College have been engaging in topics of interest that concerns all school students and adults.

One group of students, have focussed on removing the stigma around sexual assault so that the issue can be brought to light and discussed. The girls were aiming to emphasise the importance of girls and boys talking respectfully and openly so that young adults are made aware of the issue, as well as the impacts and consequences of sexual assault on victims and perpetrators. By discussing the issue, the girls wished to make fellow students aware of the issue to help prevent sexual assault in the environments that people are exposed to.

Students from St Vincent’s had put together a stimulus video to show students. Waverley College engaged in meaningful dialogue with the students from St Vincent’s about this sensitive topic.

Our Year 10 students took this opportunity with open hands and interacted respectively and several boys were added to the video to show support from a male perspective.

The College thanks St Vincent’s for the invitation and hopes to host the same group of students here at Waverley later in the year.