TS Flinders had their 2016 Presentation night the other night and three awards were given out. AB Firth won the Encouragement Award.
I'm so thrilled for her. She's shown so much enthusiasm, had a lot of personal growth and developed her leadership skills during 2016. She has a solid group of friends outside of school and its a tight knit group who all support each other. And that's just brilliant.
This last 12 months has seen them at Sailing Camp at Port Adelaide, Errappa camp, Port Augusta camp and several camps on base. There's been lots of bookwork working towards her next rank and just enjoying being herself.
So I am just bursting with pride that AB Firth has been recognized for all her endevours, but most of all, for just being herself. No one else from her hometown goes to Cadets and I loudly applaud her not being a sheep and just doing whatever everybody else does. Its a round trip of 150km round trip each week, sometimes twice a week, which is mostly me driving her. And I don't regret a single km of it.
As a parent, watching from the outside, the feeling of 'family' within this group of cadets is very strong. Everyone is there to help each other out. No one is left out. A lot of the cadets call me Mum, both male and female, and for them to feel comfortable to do that, is just bloody brilliant.
She's amazing and I'm so very proud of her.