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Defence award recognises leadershipPosted in Archive on Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Samuel Petherick, Zane Riches and Leading Seaman, Stephen Williams

Two Mandurah Catholic College students have been recognised for their leadership and teamwork by the Australian Defence Forces.

Year 12 student and St Bernadette’s Communications Captain, Samuel Petherick and Year 10 student, Zane Riches were presented with the ADF’s Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award at the College’s Colours Assembly this morning.

The award started in 2006 to recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader local community. At the same time, they recognise those who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship”, characteristics that are integral to Australian society.

The awards are an important initiative by the Australian Government in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force designed to encourage senior students – tomorrow’s leaders – to actively participate in the life of their schools and local communities.

Leading Seaman Stephen Williams, from HMAS Stirling, presented the two students with  their awards.

A decisive Australian victory, The Battle of Long Tan is recognised as one of the defining moments in Australian military history. The Long Tan award acknowledges the determination, mateship, teamwork and tenacity that resulted in 108 men from the Australian Task Force defeat 2,500 men from the Viet Cong forces.