Mandurah student’s wise words rewarded with Naidoc Medal

Baptist College Year 12 student Callum Leggett with his medal.  Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d445347
Baptist College Year 12 student Callum Leggett with his medal. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d445347

WHAT do Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, former prime minister Tony Abbott, Prince William and Aussie singer Jessica Mauboy have in common?

They have all read an essay by Mandurah Baptist College Year 12 student Callum Leggett.

It was Callum’s last day of school last Thursday and he left on a high note.

Mr Turnbull’s representative Dylan Williams presented Callum with the Prime Minister’s Naidoc Medal, one of 20 awarded in each state.

Mr Williams, the Naidoc Week 2015 School Initiatives executive director, flew from Canberra for the occasion.

Callum (17) was recognised for a compelling essay he wrote about the need to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution. Callum believes that when this occurs, reconciliation will also take place.

The essay competition was open to all high school students.

Mr Williams praised Callum for his dedication and commitment to fostering the initiative. He said the ultimate aim was to provide the students of Australia with a greater understanding on the importance of friendship, cultural diversity, recognition and ultimately reconciliation.

Callum’s essay is now hanging in Parliament House in Canberra.