The latest participants in the unique Breakaway program were acknowledged at a special presentation ceremony on Tuesday this week. The program, designed for Aboriginal High School students, is run by a committee with members from Cowra High School, Cowra TAFE, PCYC & Greater Western Area Health. The current program was funded by TAFE Western through Cowra TAFE College
Thirteen girls from Year 9 have been involved in Breakaway during Terms 1 & 2 this year. Each student received a presentation portfolio from Mr Ian Pattingale, Deputy Principal from Cowra High and Ms Sue Wood, Coordinator, TAFE Outreach Programs.
The presentation ceremony held at the Cowra TAFE College was attended by a large crowd of family members and friends including parents, grandmothers, aunts, cousins and sisters. In addition to receiving a folder containing the Breakaway Certificate and list of skills & courses successfully completed, each girl received a photograph & the special Breakaway T-shirt designed by art teacher, Ms Terry Fahy.
Artwork completed by the students under the guidance of indigenous artist Nyree Reynolds was on display at the event. In addition to TAFE & school staff, many other people were involved in presenting particular sessions of the course and they were also in attendance at the ceremony. Student Tarcia Kennedy gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the girls involved. A delicious morning tea followed the presentations.
Nyree Reynolds also released the news that she has entered a painting in the 17th Annual Mil-Pra AECG Aboriginal Exhibition and Art Award currently being held at the Casula Powerhouse. The painting features two of the Wagambirra dancers who also were involved in the Breakaway program, Samantha Banks and Ebony Williams. Ms Reynolds completed her painting after working with the Breakaway group during May.
Ms Cheryl McAllister, Cowra High School, congratulated the students on their friendliness, co-operation, interest, active participation and excellent behaviour throughout the program commenting that they were a credit to their school and their families.