OUTSTANDING Port Augusta Special School students Manny Nobes and Alintah Richards-Wilton have been hailed for their leadership, community spirit and academic excellence during the 2017 school year.
Manny and Alintah both received Dan van Holst Pellekaan Parliamentary Awards at the school’s end of year assembly, while Ian's Western Hotel owner Mark Davies was presented with the Rowan Ramsey School Community Award for his ongoing assistance in school fundraising and promotion.
Port Augusta Special School Principal Sarah French praised the two students for their development throughout the year.
“Manny has developed lots of skills this year around independent work and social skills,” she said.
“He's always polite to staff and other students. He's worked hard in regulating his emotions and he's made a lot of progress in all areas.
“Alintah is an all-round student. She has excellent social skills, she’s really helpful and she has worked really well within class. She's a leader at our school.”
The end of year assembly gave the school the chance to celebrate all of their highlights during 2017, including basketball camps and aquatics lessons.
The school also formed links with different businesses and agencies, as well as other special schools in Port Pirie and Whyalla, to give graduating students a wider variety of post-school options.
Ms French said the school has achieved a number of goals that were set at the start of the year.
“I think the real highlight this year for us has been what’s actually happening in the classroom,” Ms French said.
“We have had an increase in students achieving their individual goals, which is the purpose of our curriculum here.”
Year 11 student Manny and Year 8 student Alintah were both excited to receive the awards.
We have had an increase in students achieving their individual goals, which is the purpose of our curriculum here.Port Augusta Special School Principal Sarah French
Alintah said she liked helping her classmates throughout the year.
“It feels good to help other people,” she said.
Manny said his favourite subjects were maths and reading, while Alintah also enjoyed maths.