The successes of Aboriginal education in the Western NSW Region were celebrated with the presentation of the Wudhararagarra Awards recently.
The Wudhagaragarra Awards celebrate and recognise innovation, excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education in Western NSW Region public schools and communities.
Awards were presented to selected high-achieving Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers, staff, community members and schools from areas including Bathurst, Broken Hill, Coonabarabran, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Gilgandra, Lightning Ridge, Lithgow, Mudgee, Narromine, Nyngan, Peak Hill and Wellington.
Almost 200 nominations were received in the 13 award categories.
Student award recipients range from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Categories include outstanding achievement in the arts, student leadership, academic excellence and outstanding contributions to Aboriginal education by a staff and community member.
The Wudhagaragarra Awards were presented by the relieving regional director Michael Cronk.
Entertainment was provided by students from Cowra, Nyngan and Peak Hill.
The awards ceremony was held at the Dubbo RSL Resort.