CHILDREN these days sometimes find it confusing to pattern their lives on adults who display worthy examples of behaviour.
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The recent bushfires however provided perfect examples of selfless citizens who rose to the challenge.
Our bushfire fighters have always been held in the highest regard by the wider community because they exhibit the values of honesty, commitment, dedication and humility – ideal virtues for the younger generation to emulate.
In the hall at Tanilba School there is an honour board with the names of ‘Brooks’ Award’ recipients proudly displayed.
On top of this, in the foyer of the admin block, a framed photo of the man it was named in honour of hangs from the wall.
The ‘Brooks’ Award’ dates back to 1975. It was instigated to keep alive the memory of a tireless Lemon Tree Passage Brigade member who died at an early age and it was a very big item at the annual prize giving day.
The school Principal chose a boy and girl who displayed qualities of ‘industry, community service and consideration for others’.
They were awarded a cash scholarship to help purchase school equipment for high school. At a later time it became a joint award from both the Lemon Tree and Tanilba Brigades.
Those chosen to present the prestigious award included the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, the OC RAAF Williamtown and the District School Inspector and Education Director. Norm’s widow, Eunice, was always in attendance and invited to present one of the school awards.