Head of the FAME campus, Yvonne Schultz, said the young people were acknowledged for being valuable members of their local community, noting their “unique perspectives, talents and vibrancy” which contributed to the region as a whole.
“These young people were praised for their creativity and positivity regardless of the challenges they have had to face in their lives. They have demonstrated strength, resilience, and the ability to overcome those challenges,” Ms Schultz said.
Receiving the Onkaparinga Learning Success Award were O’Shae Ellison-Lindsay and Krystal Icke.
“O’Shea has demonstrated resilience and determination in pursuing his education whilst overcoming significant difficulties,” Ms Schultz said.
“Each day, he comes to school with a smile on his face, engages with staff, and is always kind to his peers. He is a Year 12 student, a role model for other Kaurna young people, and a student who has a very bright future.
“O’Shae has been busily constructing rustic clocks through his work ventures course and has already sold a number of them and taking orders!”
Ms Schultz said Krystal’s educational progress since enrolling at FAME has been a “real success story”.
“She blossomed in her new educational environment, created new goals for herself and threw herself into her studies.”
Krystal was a member of the volunteer group at FAME and contributed to money being raised for the homeless at Hutt Street Centre in Adelaide. She received the FAME Award for Academic Excellence and is now enrolled in the Foundation course at Flinders University.
The Onkaparinga Personal Achievement Awards were presented to Tyeson Buder, Kaycee Kraft and Makayla Webster.
Ms Schultz said Tyeson had overcome “significant personal struggles” to become a “courageous and respectful person in our community”.
“Tyeson is a very gifted rapper a talent that flourished when he started attending the music class at FAME. He received the FAME Award for Strength and Courage and is presently working full time and living a very productive life,” she said.
Kaycee experienced much adversity prior to enrolling at FAME but her “character and willingness to challenge her fears” enabled her to excel.
“Kaycee became one of FAME’s most diligent young people who sought to really live up to the school’s four principles of honesty, respect, participation and safe & legal,” Ms Schultz said.
Kaycee was an active member of FAME’s volunteering group and in recognition of her development she received the FAME Award for Enthusiasm and Dedication. She is currently running her own cleaning business and FAME is one of her clients.
Makayla joined FAME many years ago and despite some tough circumstance and challenging times, demonstrated a persistence in pursing her education.
“While at FAME she grew into a talented singer and a very significant member of the music team which performed regularly at school and community gigs.”
She received the FAME Award for Persistence and Perseverance.
Mrs Schultz said in addition to the awards, 2020 saw the establishment of FAME’s new site in Morphett Vale and a new SACE program for Years 11 and 12 which aligns with education initiatives that promote VET courses/school-based apprenticeships for students.