Pacific Coast Christian College Students Marnie Phie, Tobias Spry and Mariah Mercer.
Pacific Coast Christian College Students Marnie Phie, Tobias Spry and Mariah Mercer.

Long tan award open

HIGH school students across the Tweed are crossing their fingers in hopes of winning a 2009 Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award.

Students from almost every high school in the Tweed Shire were monetary winners last year, and students and principals are hoping for similar results this year.

Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said the awards seek to encourage leadership and teamwork among students as integral parts of their personal development and their contribution towards enhancing community spirit.

“The awards recognise and highlight the achievements of young leaders in years 10, 11 and 12,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

Applications are now open for high schools to take part in this year's Australian Defence Force (ADF) Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards, which are designed to raise awareness of the ADF throughout the Australian community.

“It recognises the value the Defence Force places on positive leadership and affective teamwork.

“More than 2300 schools participated last year with almost 6000 students, chosen by the school community, receiving awards,” air chief marshal Houston said.

Schools in the area with winners in 2008 were Pacific Coast Christian School, St Joseph's College, Banora Point High School, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, Tweed River High School and Kingscliff High School.

“Students in years 10, 11 and 12 will be recognised with awards of $100, $250 and $500 respectively, along with a certi- ficate of merit,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

Participation in the awards is at the discretion of individual school principals and is voluntary. Applications close on June 29.

“The awards are an important initiative by the Australian Government, in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force, designed to encourage senior students - tomorrow's leaders - to actively participate in the life of their schools and local communities,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.



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