Awards honour all round excellence

Kadina High Schools Rebecca Mules, Ballina High Schools Blake Bambrook and Richmond River High Schools Lachlan Fleetwood and Scott Amor after receiving their 2006 Premiers Awards for Excellence.

A good education isnt just about facilities, says Richmond River High School student Lachlan Fleetwood. Its about the teachers, and the teachers at Richmond River High are really dedicated.

Lachlan has just been awarded a 2006 Ministers Award for Excellence in Student Achievement, along with three other public school students from the Lismore area. A pretty impressive achievement for Lismore, and a great stamp of approval for public education.

Some of our buildings might not look as flash as our private school cousins but you cant beat the dedication, passion and commitment of the teachers, said Richmond River High School principal, Neville Ryan. But also these kids have parents who are committed to their education, and you just cant buy that kind of dedication.

Its the fifth time in as many years that a student from Richmond River High School has taken out one of these awards, given out each year to only 38 year 12 public school students in NSW. Lachlans classmate Scott Amor also recieved an Award of Excellence along with

Kadina High Schools Rebecca Mules, a gifted musician and artist. The fourth recipient, Blake Bambrook from Ballina High School, can add his Award of Excellence to a lengthy list of achievements, including his recent invitation to present a paper on biodiesel at the 2006 Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar.

The Awards of Excellence are considered one of the highest accolades a year 12 student can receive as it requires excellence in a number of areas academics, sport, culture, community and leadership.

You have to be a pretty special person to be good at all of those things, said Mr Ryan.

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