Prime Minister's NAIDOC Medal of Excellence Recipient

ST Joseph’s Scho​ol, ​Bardon, can now claim a Prime Minister’s NAIDOC Medal of Excellence winner among its students. Amelie Gordon was one of just 20 students state-wide to be bestowed the prestigious NA​IDOC Medal after entering the short story segment of the NAIDOC Week School Initiative Competitions.Medal.jpg

A colouring-in/short-story competition was open to all primary school students while high school students could enter the creative writing and essay writing competitions.

The competitions are broadly based around each year’s national NAIDOC theme.

Amelie secured her PM’s Medal with a short story she wrote about her idol and role model Jessica Mauboy.

The Year 3 student, who was unaware she had won the medal, said she was “excited” when Dylan Williams, Executive Director of NAIDOC Week Initiatives called her name during a school assembly.

She said she was surprised to hear her name being called out in front of the whole school.

When I heard my name called I was so excited that when I stood up, I thought I might fall into a hundred pieces, I was shaking so much,” she said.

Amelie, who got to read her winning entry to the whole school, said she had always loved reading and writing.

This was the first competition I’ve ever entered,” she said.

When I didn’t hear anything back I felt really sad.

But now I can wear my medal with pride.”

Amelie’s mum, Therese, said she was very proud of her daughter.

She loves writing and it was amazing to see her efforts recognised,” she said.

The NAIDOC Week competitions, which received more than 61,000 entries across the four categories for primary and high school students, provided young Australians with an opportunity to learn more about indigenous heritage and foster understanding.

Mr Williams said the aim was to provide younger children with a greater understanding of friendship and cultural diversity.

He said the judging panel chose Amelie’s story because it had a lot of meaning and, for such a young child, they thought it was truly inspirational.

Amelie’s story was also displayed alongside other winning entries in Parliament House, Canberra.

Written by Karl Brien​