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The Harristown Academy used the second last evening of the 2015 school year to celebrate all that the boys in the program had achieved in its first semester of operation.

The night started out with a great BBQ feed served up and cooked by the Academy members under the expert direction of Chef Daniel Blades. We then moved into the school hall and after a tremendous acknowledgement of country by young Wakka Wakka man and 2015 Year 12 graduate Antoine Roma, the audience was treated to a great night of awards, presentations and short videos.

The evening was expertly hosted by the emceed by Year 11 Academy member Joseph Orcher and 2015 Year 12 graduate Braiden Hinch.

All award winners were worthy of their accolades and received great ovations from the audience. A special mention must go, however, to the 17 2015 Year 12 graduates. This represented a 100% completion rate for indigenous males in Year 12, the first time in memory this has occurred.

It also coincided with a 100% completion rate for all Indigenous Year 12 students, which is a great result for Harristown State High School. It was fantastic to see so many members of the school and broader community in attendance including Uncle Darby McCarthy, Harristown’s Principal Mr Ken Green and numerous school staff, parents, family, friends and supporters.

We look forward to an even bigger event in December 2016, when the Harristown Academy will celebrate its first full school year of operation.

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