Students awarded for compassion, integrity and kindness

Gymea Bay Public School pupil Cooper Allen is one of seven students from St George and the Sutherland Shire recognised for their compassion, integrity and kindness.

A Fred Hollows Humanity Award ceremony was held at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney recently.

The award acknowledges Year 6 students who demonstrate humanitarian values towards others.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes and The Fred Hollows Foundation founding director Gabi Hollows presented more than 100 students from across NSW with 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,” Mr Stokes said.

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

Cooper was nominated by his teacher Mark Simpson for the care and generosity he showed towards his fellow students, and his respect for teachers and staff.

“Cooper proactively looks to help those around him, he continually thanks teachers for the opportunities presented to him, and he is grateful for those opportunities,” Mr Simpson said.

Other recipients from St George and the Sutherland Shire included Chester Chin (Peakhurst West Public School), Annabelle Koumoukelis (Danebank Anglican School for Girls), Kayla Kyriacou (Sylvania Heights Public School), Grace Oastler (Waterfall Public School), Alannah Hamilton (Inaburra School) and Lara Huddlestone (St Patrick's Catholic Primary School).

To learn more about the award click here.