11 November marked the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I. In light of this, in this week’s Secondary School Assembly, Mr Street
gave a poignant speech reflecting on Remembrance Day and a minute's silence was observed.
It was also appropriate to remember the character of those who have fought and the things that they have displayed in the face of adversity, such as; courage,
determination, honour, bravery, teamwork, mateship, tenacity and leadership. It is the desire of the Australian Defence Forces to acknowledge these
characteristics not only in battle but also in our young people at schools like Covenant.
With this in mind, Mr Monin had the great privilege of presenting the Australian Defence Forces ‘Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Award’. This
award is given to honour the Australian Soldiers who fought in the battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War in 1966. The Award provides a fitting
tribute to the veterans of who faithfully served our country all those years ago.
Each year two students from Covenant are chosen by staff for displaying the characteristics mentioned above. Sometimes they are the easily recognised leaders
who are upfront and present in the public eye and at other times they are the quiet leaders who serve in the background, caring for others in ways
that are unseen.
There are two awards, one for a Year 10 student and one for a Year 12 student and both come with a generous cheque provided by the ADF.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Long Tan Leadership & Teamwork award:
- Emily Bennett in Year 10
- Alicia Tucker in Year 12 (Class of 2017)