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The 2011 Dare to Lead Excellence in Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Awards were announced in May 2012, by Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Hon. Peter Garrett.
A ceremony was held during the first Dare to Lead National Conference at the Rydges Lakeside Hotel in Canberra on Friday 11 May, 2012. The Awards are now in their eighth year, and are designed to acknowledge schools and school leaders who are working in a focused and strategic way to achieve excellence in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes.
Seven Australian schools were awarded for initiatives that showed impressive results, such as Queensland's Urandangi State School, which created a close community partnership that lifted the attendance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 60% in 2009 to more than 90% in 2011.
Each recipient of the Higher Achievement Award received $6000 and a commemorative plaque, while the winners of the achievement awards receive $1000 and a certificate.
The recipients of the 2012 Dare to Lead Awards are:
High Achievement Awards
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