Oxley Park Public School pupil awarded for her compassion, integrity and kindness

BIG HEART: Gabi Hollows, Rhianni Deagan and NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes. "The endless ideas...of young people continues to inspire me," Ms Hollows said.
BIG HEART: Gabi Hollows, Rhianni Deagan and NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes. "The endless ideas...of young people continues to inspire me," Ms Hollows said.

Rhianni Deagan is one of five primary school pupils from Mount Druitt to be recognised for her compassion, integrity and kindness.

Her caring attitude was awarded at a ceremony for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award at Parliament House last week.

Rhianni was nominated by the school’s student representative council coordinator, Cheryle Hawkins, for her integrity, compassion, honesty and positive attitude.

“Rhianni compliments others, is humble and is highly respected by all,” Mrs Hawkins said.

“She has offered her lunch to others when they are without, she will lend her hat to another student so they can play outside, and she is the first to help an injured student.”

Rhianni compliments others, is humble and is highly respected by all.

Cheryle Hawkins

A national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Humanity Award acknowledges year 6 pupils who follow in Fred’s footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.

NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes and founding director of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Gabi Hollows, presented more than 100 students from across NSW with their certificates.

“The late Fred Hollows was an extraordinary humanitarian who restored eyesight for many thousands of people in his lifetime and established an ongoing legacy that continues to save people from preventable blindness to this day,” Minister Stokes said.

“I congratulate the year 6 students recognised who, like Fred Hollows, have made the world a more compassionate and better place.”

The Humanity Award recognised students from 120 primary schools in NSW, including Bailey Williams from Mamre Anglican School, Leilani Appleby and Tyler Buist from Whalan Public School and Kieran Cooper from Tregear Public School.

“I felt very proud getting the award, because I know how special it is,” Leilani, 11, said.

Whalan Public School’s deputy principal, Helen Polios, described Leilani and Tyler as “outstanding school leaders who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness through their daily actions”.

“Tyler’s class buddied up with a support class of students with intellectual disabilities for a year-long sport program this year and Tyler has displayed leadership throughout,” Ms Polios said.