Announcing the WINNERS for the 2021 Indigenous Boarding Awards

Individuals and organisations from around Australia submitted entries for review by our national judging panel and there have been 16 finalists selected across 5 Categories.

The 3rd National Indigenous Boarding Awards were presented live via Facebook on Wednesday 5 May 2021. The Awards presentation has previously been held at the National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium, and in response to COVID-19, this is the first time it has been broadcast online.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Exceptional Cultural Connection by a Boarding School or Residence  – Sponsored by the National Centre for Cultural Competence, University of Sydney
This award is to acknowledge a boarding school or residence that recognises the value of Indigenous cultural connection and have activities or programs that connect their boarders with relevant Indigenous cultures. This may be connections to local Indigenous groups or the home communities of boarders. 

JOINT WINNERS are
Clontarf Aboriginal College, WA
and
Westminster School, SA

Exceptional Contribution to the Community by an Indigenous Boarding Student – Sponsored by Student Concierge Services
Community service not only enhances the lives of others in the community, it is a major contributor to the life skills and wellbeing of the young person giving their time and energy. In this award we are looking for nominations of Indigenous boarding students who actively engage in their community, be it their home community or the community in which they are resident whilst boarding, and have made an exceptional contribution.  

WINNER
Jalen, Guildford Grammar School, WA

Excellence in the Provision of Indigenous Student Health & Wellbeing – Sponsored by Cater Care
This award recognises organisations or individuals who provide Indigenous boarding students with health and wellbeing services and programs that not only supports their participation in education but allows them to thrive as individuals. This may be a partnership between a health provider and a boarding school/residence or a program that is provided to support Indigenous student health and wellbeing. 

WINNER
AFL Cape York House for Girls, QLD

Excellence in Indigenous Education & Boarding Leadership (individual or organisation) – Sponsored by Boarding Training Australia
Leadership comes in different forms and not just from those in leadership positions. Leadership may be a long term contribution on a successful path or new innovative ways of doing things. The Excellence in Indigenous Boarding Leadership award recognises either individuals or organisations that have challenged common practice and are pursuing excellence in order to make a difference to the lives of their Indigenous boarders.  

JOINT WINNERS are
AISNSW, NSW (The Waratah Project Pilot Schools – Pymble Ladies’ College; Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview; St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill)
and
the Traditional Owners of the Uluru Kata Tjuta region of Central Australia

Exceptional Contribution to Indigenous Student Boarding (individual) – Sponsored by Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia
Many people make contributions to the boarding experience for Indigenous boarders whether it is a staff member, teacher, volunteer, community leader or a parent. However, some individuals go above and beyond with a passion to make an exceptional contribution. This award seeks to recognise these outstanding individuals .

WINNER
Lorraine Kabbindi White , Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), VIC

 

Congratulations to all of the Winners and the Award Finalists listed below.


Announcing the FINALISTS for the 2021 Indigenous Boarding Awards.

Thank you to all of you that took the time to submit an entry. Once again our judges had a difficult job and were impressed with the standard of entries and have shortlisted them to the finalists below. Winners will be announced live via Facebook in a very special video presentation event on Wed 5 May.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Exceptional Cultural Connection by a Boarding School or Residence  – Sponsored by the National Centre for Cultural Competence, University of Sydney
This award is to acknowledge a boarding school or residence that recognises the value of Indigenous cultural connection and have activities or programs that connect their boarders with relevant Indigenous cultures. This may be connections to local Indigenous groups or the home communities of boarders. 

FINALISTS ARE
Clontarf Aboriginal College, WA
Westminster School, SA

Exceptional Contribution to the Community by an Indigenous Boarding Student – Sponsored by Student Concierge Services
Community service not only enhances the lives of others in the community, it is a major contributor to the life skills and wellbeing of the young person giving their time and energy. In this award we are looking for nominations of Indigenous boarding students who actively engage in their community, be it their home community or the community in which they are resident whilst boarding, and have made an exceptional contribution.  

FINALISTS ARE
Jalen, Guildford Grammar School, WA
Dylan, Knox Grammar School, NSW
Tianna, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, WA
Isaiah, St Joseph’s College, NSW

Excellence in the Provision of Indigenous Student Health & Wellbeing – Sponsored by Cater Care
This award recognises organisations or individuals who provide Indigenous boarding students with health and wellbeing services and programs that not only supports their participation in education but allows them to thrive as individuals. This may be a partnership between a health provider and a boarding school/residence or a program that is provided to support Indigenous student health and wellbeing. 

FINALISTS ARE
AFL Cape York House for Girls, QLD
Immanuel College, SA
St Phillips College, NT

Excellence in Indigenous Education & Boarding Leadership (individual or organisation) – Sponsored by Boarding Training Australia
Leadership comes in different forms and not just from those in leadership positions. Leadership may be a long term contribution on a successful path or new innovative ways of doing things. The Excellence in Indigenous Boarding Leadership award recognises either individuals or organisations that have challenged common practice and are pursuing excellence in order to make a difference to the lives of their Indigenous boarders.  

FINALISTS ARE
AISNSW, NSW (The Waratah Project Pilot Schools – Pymble Ladies’ College; Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview; St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill)
Clontarf Aboriginal College, WA
Mr Sunny Handy, Geelong Grammar, VIC
Traditional Owners of the Uluru Kata Tjuta region of Central Australia

Exceptional Contribution to Indigenous Student Boarding (individual) – Sponsored by Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia
Many people make contributions to the boarding experience for Indigenous boarders whether it is a staff member, teacher, volunteer, community leader or a parent. However, some individuals go above and beyond with a passion to make an exceptional contribution. This award seeks to recognise these outstanding individuals .

FINALISTS ARE
Nicole Booth, Transition Support Service, QLD
Lorraine Kabbindi White , Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), VIC
Marg Stevenson , St Phillips College, NT

Please get ready for a big night in the comfort of your office or home on Wednesday 5 May at 6.30pm EST when we broadcast via Facebook the live announcement in an Awards Presentation format.  More details to be announced on this website and the IEBA Facebook page.


Read below for background on the 2020 Awards.

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2020 Indigenous Boarding Awards

The Awards were presented at the National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium Awards Dinner on Wednesday 18 March, 2020. An event that brought together Symposium delegates and corporate sponsors for a night of accolades, hovering over the water at The Pier, Geelong.

The guests were treated to video acceptance speeches from the winners that were pre-recorded earlier that day. In response to the changes in travel plans, these videos helped share the voices and journeys behind the award winning achievements.

Congratulations to all of the Winners and Finalists. The Award winners in each category are…..

AWARD CATEGORIES

Exceptional Cultural Connection by a Boarding School or Residence  – Sponsored by CSIRO
This award is to acknowledge a boarding school or residence that recognises the value of Indigenous cultural connection and have activities or programs that connect their boarders with relevant Indigenous cultures. This may be connections to local Indigenous groups or the home communities of boarders. 

St Teresa’s College, QLD

Exceptional Contribution to the Community by an Indigenous Boarding Student – Sponsored by Student Concierge Services
Community service not only enhances the lives of others in the community, it is a major contributor to the life skills and wellbeing of the young person giving their time and energy. In this award we are looking for nominations of Indigenous boarding students who actively engage in their community, be it their home community or the community in which they are resident whilst boarding, and have made an exceptional contribution.  

Joint Winners
Kyh, Knox Grammar School, NSW
Sahara, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth, WA

Excellence in the Provision of Indigenous Student Health & Wellbeing – Sponsored by Cater Care
This award recognises organisations or individuals who provide Indigenous boarding students with health and wellbeing services and programs that not only supports their participation in education but allows them to thrive as individuals. This may be a partnership between a health provider and a boarding school/residence or a program that is provided to support Indigenous student health and wellbeing. 

Ḏawurr Boarding, Nhulunbuy High School, NT

Excellence in Indigenous Education & Boarding Leadership (individual or organisation) – Sponsored by Boarding Training Australia
Leadership comes in different forms and not just from those in leadership positions. Leadership may be a long term contribution on a successful path or new innovative ways of doing things. The Excellence in Indigenous Boarding Leadership award recognises either individuals or organisations that have challenged common practice and are pursuing excellence in order to make a difference to the lives of their Indigenous boarders.  

Jill Hill, Clontarf Aboriginal College, WA

Exceptional Contribution to Indigenous Student Boarding (individual) – Sponsored by Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia
Many people make contributions to the boarding experience for Indigenous boarders whether it is a staff member, teacher, volunteer, community leader or a parent. However, some individuals go above and beyond with a passion to make an exceptional contribution. This award seeks to recognise these outstanding individuals .

Sharon Wilkinson, Downlands College, QLD

A special thank you to Cater Care, our Awards Dinner Sponsor for the 2nd year in a row, award category sponsors and to all of the organisations who entered the 2020 Awards.


AWARD WINNERS 2019

Exceptional Cultural Connection by a Boarding School or Residence  – Sponsored by AHL Accommodation

Guildford Grammar School, WA

Exceptional Contribution to the Community by an Indigenous Boarding Student – Sponsored by Student Concierge Services

Isaiah, St Joseph’s College, NSW

Excellence in the Provision of Indigenous Student Health & Wellbeing – Sponsored by Cater Care

Cape York Girl Academy. QLD

Excellence in Indigenous Education & Boarding Leadership (individual or organisation) – Sponsored by Boarding Training Australia

Neil Morison, Dawurr Boarding, Nhulunbuy High School, NT

Exceptional Contribution to Indigenous Student Boarding (individual) – Sponsored by Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia

Joint winners
Lisa Fieldhouse and Roni Forrest, AISWA, Future Footprints, WA

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