OLR student earns selflessness recognition

posted 2 Nov 2017, 17:00 by Nicole Albatti

James’ selflessness earns recognition

The kindness and selflessness of a Fairfield primary school student has earned him recognition for a Fred Hollows Humanity Award.

James Nguyen Bui spends his free time helping his school peers at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary Fairfield with their work and sits or plays with those needing company during lunch breaks, especially with those who find it difficult to make friends.

School Principal, Br Nicholas Harsas, fsp, said James had proved “deserving of this award for his commitment to care, respect and concern towards his peers.”
“He is also a most helpful and humble member of the school community,” Br Nicholas said. “James supports those who seem unhappy or lonely. He is always quick to assist any one who is injured or hurt in play or sport. He is courteous and respectful to others and their opinions.”

James was one of 176 schoolchildren from NSW recognised for their compassion, integrity and kindness at a ceremony for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award at Parliament House in Sydney this week.

James is a real leader for the school community and a great ambassador for our school. He is always inclusive of others and ready to help out wherever and whenever he can.

– Soniya Mendoca

The award is distributed by the Fred Hollows Foundation in recognition of Year 6 students who have contributed positively to their communities, reflecting the care and compassion that Professor Hollows showed.

The late Fred Hollows was an ophthalmologist and extraordinary humanitarian who worked tirelessly to restore eyesight for thousands of people in Australia and overseas.

The annual Fred Hollows Humanity Award began in the ACT in 2012 and expanded into NSW in 2015. In 2017 the award became a truly national initiative, with 420 children nominated across the country.

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary schoolteacher Soniya Mendonca said James was nominated for his good sportsmanship and willingness to listen and converse with peers.

“He is humble, selfless, has a gentle personality, and really lives out our Christian values,” Mrs Mendonca said.

“If another students has accidentally dropped something, he will pick it up for them; If a Kindergarten child doesn’t have anyone to play with, James will go out of his way to find a friend for them; If any student in the playground falls over or needs assistance, James is the first to go over to them, and leave his games to help; As a sports captain, he will always makes sure everyone gets an equal share of the equipment.”

With 96 Year 6 students at the school to nominate from, Mrs Mendoca said James came to mind first and was an easy choice.

“James is a real leader for the school community and a great ambassador for our school,” she added.

“He is always inclusive of others and ready to help out wherever and whenever he can.”

For James, who was acknowledged for his first award ever, being encouraging and showing kindness is something he credits his teachers and school for.

“Everyone in this school is like family to me,” he said.

Other students from Sydney Catholic Schools to receive the award in 2017 included:

• Sally Francis from St John Vianney Catholic Primary Greenacre for her incredible support of an orphanage in South Africa.

• Nicholas Mamo from St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary Regents Park for being welcoming of the Syrian refugee community at his school and for standing up for injustice.

• Dylan Dimceski from St Felix Catholic Primary Bankstown for being kind and always going out of his way to help his peers.

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