Prestigious Scholarship for Holy Family Aboriginal Education Worker

When 25-year-old Primary Education student Lavinia Rossiter received the news that she had won a $25,000 Governor General Indigenous Teaching Scholarship she was overwhelmed. Lavinia was part of a very rigorous selection process and had all but convinced herself that she had not been successful!

The Scholarship aims to assist and support Indigenous university students to obtain a teaching degree.

Lavinia is an Aboriginal Education Worker (AEW) at Holy Family Primary school at Bathurst and is currently completing the last year of her degree.

Jenny Allen, Executive Director of the Bathurst Catholic Education Office said it was Lavinia’s commitment and determination to achieve her goals and dreams that won her the State Award. “She has such a clear vision of what she wants to do."

Lavinia said “Communities need to work together to close the cultural gap. Teaching is a partnership which includes the whole community,”

Lavinia bases her future plans on a motto; children don’t care what you know, unless they know you care. She said she plans to use some of the money to set up her own free tutoring service that will help encourage Aboriginal students to graduate from high school.

We are all very proud of Lavinia and would like to congratulate her! She not only sets a wonderful example for other young Aboriginal people but for all young people. She is very deserving of this award. Full of enthusiasm & passion, Lavinia will make an excellent teacher.

Darlene Murdoch
Indigenous Education Officer
CEO Bathurst