Students Awarded For Excellence In Community Languages

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott today congratulated Suhasini Shanmugarajan on receiving a Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement in Community Languages.

Mr Elliott said only 10 NSW students received the Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Student Achievement Community Languages Schools at a special ceremony in Sydney on Monday (29 September 2015).

“Suhasini won the Minister’s award for consistently applying herself to extending her knowledge of the Tamil language and has gained outstanding results in speech, writing and reading competitions.

“Suhasini will be sitting for her HSC Tamil exam in 2015 as an accelerated subject and has been a leader in Tamil cultural events in the school and in the local community.

“I extend my congratulations to Suhasini, who has displayed an outstanding dedication and enthusiasm for learning,”

“This year’s recipients are from a wide range of community language schools and they are all wonderful ambassadors for their communities and schools,” Mr Elliott said.

Assistant Minister for Education Leslie Williams presented the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement in Community Languages.

“These fantastic young students who are an asset to the local community with their global language and cultural skills,” Mrs Williams said.

“The NSW Government is committed to fostering community language learning.

“Through the recent announcement of Communities United Through Language, significant reforms will occur to promote and encourage students to learn and continue learning a community language.

“I also congratulate the 54 recipients of Highly Commended and the 61 recipients of Commended Awardees”.

In 2015, there are nearly 32,000 government and non-government students studying at 493 Community Languages School locations.

The community languages programs in these schools are supported by 256 organisations in 53 different languages. Approximately 2,500 volunteer teachers deliver out of school hours programs to the students.