Award ceremony: Neville Bonner prize winner, Tasmania
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Friday, 14 February 2014

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ACM Tasmania Convenor, Reg Watson, had the delightful honour of presenting Hutchins School student, Himaushu Hardikar, with the Neville Bonner Memorial Prize at a school ceremony held on 12 February.

In attendance were senior staff and students. The presentation was part of the Headmaster’s Assembly for the presentation of Academic Honours 2014. The welcome was given by Headmaster Mr. Warwick Dean, with the proceedings introduced by Deputy Headmaster Mr. Alan Jones. Besides the many student academic awards presented, the Council of International Schools and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra were also represented together with Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

Mr. Watson, after introducing himself, addressed the gathering of staff and a full assembly of students and explained exactly, in brief terms, what the Neville Bonner Memorial Prize is.

“The Neville Bonner Memorial Prize is a public-speaking competition for students in years 9 and 10, set up by Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. It honours our first Aboriginal Senator, Neville Bonner AO, who firmly believed more Australians should have an understanding of their Constitution”, said Mr Watson.

“Our competition aims to develop a student’s understanding of the Constitution by encouraging them to speak on the knowledge they have attained about the Constitution,” Mr Watson continued.

“Each competitor was required to give a ten minute prepared speech, plus a two to three minute impromptu speech,” he added.

This year, the Tasmanian champion was Himaushu Hardikar of Year 10 of Hutchins School. Himaushu mounted the stage, afterwhich Mr. Watson placed the Neville Bonner Medallion around his neck and then gave him a cheque for $250. He also presented with the Neville Bonner Memorial Prize Shield by the Headmaster, Mr. Dean.

“It was a wonderful ceremony,” stated Mr. Watson.

“Hutchins school was very attentive and young Mr. Hardikar is a splendid recipient,” he said.