Students receive Order of Australia commendations

Students receive Order of Australia commendations

Congratulations to Year 10 students Ellen Scott and Caitlyn Williams and Year 11 student Maddy Garfath who received Order of Australia commendations at the ACT Student Citizenship Awards Ceremony on 22 November.

The girls were three of eight students recognised by the Order of Australia Association for the work they have done in the community over a number of years.

Ellen and Caitlyn were nominated by the College for their work in creating the SisterACT program, which was a program targeted at Year 9 and 10 female students with the aim of combating gender balance issues in the workplace and developing the leadership skills of young women. The program assisted female students to develop skills, recognise their capabilities, build their confidence and be able to succeed as leaders of our society in the future. Ellen and Caitlyn worked with the National Council of Young Women Australia to develop the program, which launched in May and ran at MacKillop, St Clare’s, and Merici colleges.

The College also nominated Maddy for her commitment to fundraising and charity work. Maddy’s work with the Sweet ChariTea initiative for a number of years has been integral in the raising of over $100,000 for the Paediatric Unit at the Canberra Hospital. This money has helped the unit purchase play therapy equipment, equipment for the Neonatal ICU, breastfeeding chairs, access to the Delta Therapy Dogs program, and furniture for parents. Maddy’s involvement with Sweet ChariTea has included assisting with promotions and social media, presenting to sponsors, and running fundraising functions. Her dedication to charity work has also extended to packing kits for child birthing in third world countries and working with organisations like St Vincent de Paul and World Challenge.

All three girls are model students deserving of recognition for their initiative, drive, and passion to help others.

The College congratulates Ellen, Caitlyn, and Maddy on this fine achievement.