Lawson Griffin makes the front page

After making his year 6 leadership pitch to his peers at Our Lady of Lourdes, Tarro in November last year, young Awabakal man, Lawson Griffin delivered a Welcome to Country at the funeral of Bishop William “Bill” Wright on the same day. Now, Lawson is driving cultural pride in his school community.

Last week, Lawson kicked off the school year by sharing his story with the Newcastle Herald, featuring on the front page.

"It's important to me and makes me feel proud of my culture," Lawson told the Newcastle Herald about delivering the Welcome to Country. 

Along with his role as a cultural mentor to younger students, Lawson was successful in becoming part of the school's leadership team.

Rather than having school captains, at Our Lady of Lourdes all year six students are considered leaders. At the end of the term, prior to them entering year six, the children give speeches to the whole school and then they vote on a group of representatives.

As part of the school leadership team, Lawson is tasked with roles like running assembly, representing the school, raising the flags in the morning, and assisting with events.


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