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Young apprentice set to be a successful NT ranger

Catherine Ralph, a Year 11 student at Jabiru Area School (dual enrolled with NTSDE) is a finalist in two categories at this year’s GTNT Awards which celebrate the achievements of apprentices and trainees from across the Territory. 

With her passion for the land and working on country, Catherine is a finalist in both the School Based Apprentice of the Year category, as well as the Indigenous Apprentice of the Year category.

Catherine is currently participating in a school-based traineeship with Parks Australia where she is studying a Certificate III Conservation and Land Management and gaining hands-on experience working with Rangers in Kakadu National Park.

She is also on her way to completing the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) through NT School of Distance Education in 2020.

Principal of Jabiru Area School Learne Dunne said staff and students at the school are proud of Catherine.

“Catherine is extremely hard working and well deserving of these two nominations,” she said.

“Whilst completing her school-based traineeship, she has shown initiative, focus and a genuine enthusiasm for conserving and maintaining the environment.”

As a positive role model to other students at the school, Catherine received the Apprentice of the Year award and the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Ward at the 2018 annual Jabiru Area School awards ceremony.

When finishing school, Catherine aspires to join her family working as a full time ranger with Parks Australia in Kakadu National Park.

The 2019 GTNT Awards ceremony will be held in Darwin on Friday 10 May.