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A National Award for Jesse

15/09/2014

​Top: Jesse receiving his new DVD player.

Above: Jesse surrounded by his proud family.

​Jesse Sanfilippo (4A) is one of only 20 students in Queensland to have received a NAIDOC Week School Initiative Medal of Excellence.

Jesse won the award for a Rap Music piece he wrote as part of a NAIDOC Week competition held earlier this year. Jesse's entry was one of 66,000 and his Rap was chosen as one of the winners by none other than Jessica Mauboy.

The Executive Director of NAIDOC Week flew up from Canberra to present Jesse with his medal, along with a representative from the Attorney Generals office and a Brisbane City Council representative.

Students from Years 4 to 7 attended a special assembly where Jesse received his medallion along with a new DVD player.

Below is Jesse's winning Rap.

RESPECT
By Jesse Sanfilippo
Age 9 - Aspley State School - Year 4A
YO!
To anyone out there who seems real naughty
That’s a real bad choice
Now hear me say
With the loudest voice
YOU BETTER SMARTEN UP
IF YA WANT A GOOD LIFE
YA BETTER SHOW RESPECT TO ALL THOSE ABOVE YA
HOWEVER I AIN’T GONNA INSPECT YOUR MANNAS
YOU’VE JUST GOTTA ACCEPT PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE
WHEREVER YA FIND THEM
THEY’LL BE NEAR AND/OR FAR
Some people are black
Some people are white
But that don’t matter
Respect them on first sight
Who cares about what they look like?
So what if they’re ugly
So what if they’re beaut
Ya don’t just throw them in the back of the Ute
For everyone has a purpose in life
Ya respect everyone for the person they are
So what if they look like a dirty galah?
It don’t matter ‘bout the out
It only matters what you’re feeling inside
YOU BETTER SMARTEN UP
IF YA WANT A GOOD LIFE
YA BETTER SHOW RESPECT TO ALL THOSE ABOVE YA
HOWEVER I AIN’T GONNA INSPECT YOUR MANNAS
YOU’VE JUST GOTTA RESPECT PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE
WHEREVER YA FIND THEM
THEY’LL BE NEAR AND/OR FAR
It’s time to respect them
Don’t you think?
Don’t you dare just leave them in the ice hockey rink
They may have a different culture
Different food
Different language
They may even have different clothes
Now what aboriginals
They are way different than us
They move around from one place to the other
And they don’t really get to see their loving mother
In the tribe
But being different is the unique thing about us
Just respect all kinds of peoples!
YOU BETTER SMARTEN UP
IF YA WANT A GOOD LIFE
YA BETTER SHOW RESPECT TO ALL THOSE ABOVE YA
HOWEVER I AIN’T GONNA INSPECT YOUR MANNAS
YOU’VE JUST GOTTA ACCEPT PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE
WHEREVER YA FIND THEM
THEY’LL BE NEAR AND/OR FAR
YO!
To anyone out there who seems real naughty
That’s a real bad choice
Now hear me say
With the loudest voice
YOU BETTER SMARTEN UP
IF YA WANT A GOOD LIFE
YA BETTER SHOW RESPECT TO ALL THOSE ABOVE YA
HOWEVER I AIN’T GONNA INSPECT YOUR MANNAS
YOU’VE JUST GOTTA ACCEPT PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE
WHEREVER YA FIND THEM
THEY’LL BE NEAR AND/OR FAR
Some people are black
Some people are white
But that don’t matter
Respect them on first sight
Who cares about what they look like?
So what if they’re ugly
So what if they’re beaut
Ya don’t just throw them in the back of the Ute
For everyone has a purpose in life
Ya respect everyone for the person they are
So what if they look like a dirty galah?
It don’t matter ‘bout the out
It only matters what you’re feeling inside
YOU BETTER SMARTEN UP
IF YA WANT A GOOD LIFE
YA BETTER SHOW RESPECT TO ALL THOSE ABOVE YA
HOWEVER I AIN’T GONNA INSPECT YOUR MANNAS
YOU’VE JUST GOTTA RESPECT PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE
WHEREVER YA FIND THEM
THEY’LL BE NEAR AND/OR FAR
It’s time to respect them
Don’t you think?
Don’t you dare just leave them in the ice hockey rink
They may have a different culture
Different food
Different language
They may even have different clothes
Now what aboriginals
They are way different than us
They move around from one place to the other
And they don’t really get to see their loving mother
In the tribe
But being different is the unique thing about us
Just respect all kinds of peoples!
YOU BETTER SMARTEN UP
IF YA WANT A GOOD LIFE
YA BETTER SHOW RESPECT TO ALL THOSE ABOVE YA
HOWEVER I AIN’T GONNA INSPECT YOUR MANNAS
YOU’VE JUST GOTTA ACCEPT PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE
WHEREVER YA FIND THEM
THEY’LL BE NEAR AND/OR FAR