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Paying tribute to a career dedicated to educating future generations

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) has paid tribute to retiring teacher Mrs Kay Ahmat for providing many years of service as an educator in the Torres Strait.

Mrs Ahmat will retire after 32 years working in Torres Strait region schools on 29 June 2018, having begun her career at Thursday Island State School in 1980.

TSRA Chairperson, Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM, said Mrs Ahmat’s contribution to the Torres Strait Island community was greatly appreciated and she had made a real difference in educating the children of the region, in particular on Badu Island.

“Mrs Ahmat has shown greatcommitment, dedication and perseverance during her many years of service as an educator of future generations here in the Torres Strait,” Mr Stephen said.

“A highly respected teacher, Mrs Ahmat has also beena great leader throughout our regional campuses and has always strived for the best for students.

“She has been a positive influence on community members, parents, staff and students and an effective mentor and mother figure to many staff over the years.”

TSRA Member for Badu, Mr Horace Baira, said Mrs Ahmat was a tremendous asset to the Badu community and they were lucky to have her.

“On behalf of the Badu Island community, I would like to sincerely say ‘Eso Kay’ for all that she has helped to accomplish for our community,” Mr Baira said.

“I am sure that her future endeavours will meet her expectations.”

Mrs Ahmat’s years as a teacher in the Torres Strait region included the following placements and responsibilities:

1981 – 1983 at Thursday Island State School

1986 – 1987 at Mabuyag State School

1987 – 1992 at Badu Island State School

1996 – 2018 at Badu Island State School

28 years at (Badu Campus)Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag

10 years as Head of Campus at Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag

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