Edition 24: December 2018

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Celebrating a year of successes

We are almost at the end of 2018 and The Tamworth Opportunity Hub has been pleased to join with students from across Tamworth to celebrate their successes. It is a time of year that many students are looking forward to moving onto a next stage whether that be our Year 6s transitioning to high school, Year 10s looking to their HSC and vocational options, or our Year 12s moving on to University, further education or a new job. Alongside them all the Tamworth Opportunity Hub is here to provide as much support as we can to ensure a smooth and successful transition for our Aboriginal students. Please get in touch to find out what we can do for you on (02) 6766 9028. 

In this edition:

  • Hollie recognised with Youth Award
  • Year 12 Graduations
  • Great start for C4C partnership
  • Work placement 
  • Girls Academy Awards
  • Bringing health into our classrooms
  • Merry Christmas from all of us!

Hollie recognised with Youth Award

We were very proud that Hollie Taggart, our Opportunity Hub trainee, was the recipient of the Youth Award for the Northern Region at the NSWALC Statewide Conference in mid-November.

Hollie commenced her administration traineeship with the Tamworth LALC in March 2017 as a Year 10 graduate, and went on to complete her Cert II in Business in her first 9 months and then commence a Cert III in Community Services. Despite struggling somewhat in the school environment, Hollie has thrived in the workplace and become a valued member of the Opportunity Hub and Tamworth LALC teams.

Hollie was recognised for the steps she has taken over the past 18 months to overcome barriers, commit to achieving excellence for herself and others as part of the Tamworth LALC team, and become a strong young leader who is recognised throughout our community for her potential and strengths.
Through her own efforts, Hollie has made a big change within her own life and inspires other young people to do the same, supporting them and contributing to her community in a positive way. The Northern Region Youth Award was presented by Northern Regional NSWALC Councillor, Charles Lynch.

Congratulations Hollie, we are all so very proud of you!

Hollie Taggart with Cr Charles Lynch, NSWALC.
Year 12 graduates

The Tamworth Opportunity Hub was proud to support HSC graduates from across Tamworth's High Schools as they completed their school education in November.

In the lead up to their Year 12 formal, 
Sam worked closely alongside regular Opportunity Hub participants Phoebe Jones and Kiara Jones for their big night at the Tangaratta Vineyards. Phoebe and Kiara have been consistent Opportunity Hub participants throughout 2017 and 2018, participating consistently in the Bounce Back program each season, attending every girls' workshop opportunity that has been offered, and working with the Opportunity Hub to gain their Learner's permits this year.

A big thank you to Charlie Abra, who volunteered her time to assist the girls with their hair, while Sam did their make-up.


Great start for C4C partnership


Communities for Communities volunteers had a taste of their first school holiday program in October when they joined the Tamworth LALC and Opportunity Hub running programs and events for 60 Tamworth students at Trelawney and Hillvue Public School.

Communities for Communities (C4C) is a philanthropic organisation based in Sydney and has made a three-year commitment to support the school holiday program with volunteers and material support.

The C4C volunteers were thrown in the deep end with the students, taking charge of running the first day of the school holiday program at Trelawney with a series of round robin games, including tunnel ball, sack races, tug-o-war and free play. 

C4C volunteers Maddie, Emma (pictured below top right) and Jack, will be coming back to Tamworth to help with the 2019 Aboriginal Cultural Showcase, and we are looking forward to working with them again.

Work placement


Oxley High School student Ronika Brown, undertook a week's work placement in the Tamworth LALC office at the end of November. Over the week, Ronika had the opportunity to experience an office environment and the time management that goes into managing all of the LALC's communications, projects and community liaison.
Ronika supported the LALC staff to undertake office duties such as filing, as well as digitising some of our mapping and cultural heritage resources.
The LALC staff said that Ronika was a really dedicated staff member who picked tasks up quickly and worked longer than expected to get a task done. She would be a great asset to any office environment.

Girls Academy Awards      

The Oxley High School Girls Academy held their 2nd Annual Presentation Day on Tuesday 27 November to recognize the efforts and achievements of the Girls Academy participants. The Tamworth LALC and Opportunity Hub were honoured to be involved in the celebration, presenting three awards including the 2018 Sporting Award (presented by the Opportunity Hub’s Samantha Duncan), the 2018 Citizenship Award (presented by TLALC Deputy Chair, Yvonne Kent), and the 2018 Rising Star Award (presented by LALC CEO Fiona Snape).

Award recipients at the Oxley Girls Academy Presentation Day, with NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell

Bringing health into our classrooms
A partnership with the Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service (TAMS), meant that the Opportunity Hub was able to host health professionals within local classrooms this term, with TAMS staff delivering lessons focusing on resilience and the effects of tobacco. The partnership will continue into 2019 to provide more health education to our local students and will extend to joint support of local events. Thank you very much to the TAMS staff who have worked with us on this initiative so far.
Marnie and Mitch from TAMS with Peel High's Year 10 Aboriginal Studies class
Wishing you a very merry and safe Christmas from all of the Opportunity Hub and Tamworth LALC Team.

The Tamworth Opportunity Hub coordinates and matches training and career opportunities with Aboriginal students, providing incentives to finish school and transition into sustainable jobs. 

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Address: 123 Marius Street, TAMWORTH NSW 2340
Phone: (02) 6766 9028; Fax: (02) 6766 9036
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