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Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:53

Wadeye community honours Sister Tess' work in bilingual education

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Sr Tess Ward fdnsc 150Sister Tess Ward, of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, had her face painted traditionally, to mark that she belongs to the land in the Aboriginal Community of Wadeye and honoured her as a champion of bilingual education, reports the ABC News' Northern Territory bureau.

Sister Tess has spent her life developing bilingual literacy programs, not just in the West Daly region but also on the Tiwi Islands and in the fledging nation of East Timor.

Earlier in the year, Sr Tess was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to indigenous communities in the Northern Territory as a linguist and educator.

(Photo by Avani Dias used with permission)

Read the full story by Avani Dias and see the photos from the celebration held in Wadeye from ABC News.