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Jannat Bakri – Hennessy Catholic College | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2021

Trailblazer Jannat Bakri

What are the Trailblazer Awards?

The Trailblazer Awards celebrates Year 12 students beyond their ATAR, recognising those who have overcome personal challenges and used their final year of school to positively impact their community.

Our Trailblazers will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, build their personal brand and profile as a future leader, learn key career skills in our 3-day Pathfinder Accelerator, and so much more!

Find out how Jannat navigated Year 12 differently throughout 2021!

Introducing: Jannat Bakri

Category: Social Impact & Change

School: Hennessy Catholic College

Career Aspiration: Nutritionist/Dietician


  • House Captain
  • 2021 Helen Handbury Award
  • Member of Hilltops Youth Action Group
  • Featured in The Catholic Voice newspaper

What makes Jannat a Trailblazer?

Jannat has been an incredible contributor to the cultural and religious areas of her school and local community. In 2020 she was nominated as House Captain, where she organised her school’s first ever Harmony Week. This initiative saw her College participate in a range of activities helping them to further their cultural awareness. These included the College’s first interfaith service, a culturally diverse canteen day and an orange accessory day which raised over $700 for Caritas Australia. The week was very successful, opening opportunities for discourse and enlightenment for the school community.

All of these efforts contributed to Jannat’s achievement of winning the 2021 Helen Handbury Award, which recognised her demonstration of strong community leadership. As a result, she was featured in an article by The Catholic Voice newspaper about her journey to winning the award.

On top of this, Jannat participated in a Dine and Donate initiative where students and staff cook for the less fortunate in their community. She also was a Hennessy Day of Action Pastoral Care (PC) ambassador in 2020 where she educated her pastoral class about the importance of stepping up and seeking help when it comes to bullying.

Through these experiences, Jannat has learnt a lot about the importance of being an instigator of social change and speaking up for people who are unable to do so themselves. Jannat says it has definitely broken down any barriers of ignorance she previously held. 

Along with the work she did at her school, Jannat also spent considerable time contributing to Hilltops Youth Action Group. By doing all of this work, Jannat has spent a lot of time strengthening her skills being compassionate and empathetic. She learnt to not make judgements against people and to accept that everyone has different experiences and backgrounds. Furthermore, she discovered the importance of not shying away from chances to educate others on current issues facing young Australians today, such as mental health issues.

Jannat found her senior years of high school very challenging. Having moved from Sydney to regional NSW was a big transition. Furthermore, as a Muslim girl moving to a Catholic college, she was hesitant about this change. Her ability to overcome these challenges can be attributed to her strong family support. 

Jannat hopes to continue her passion for Biology and become a nutritionist or dietitianShe is motivated to do all of this by knowledge that she will be the first female to finish university in her family. 

Jannat is one of our Top 50 Trailblazers!

The Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer Awards

The Trailblazer Awards aim to identify and celebrate students who use their final years of school to invest holistically in the skills and experiences that will maximise their own future opportunities and make a contribution to the future of our society.

Our winners for the Year 12 Trailblazer Awards have demonstrated initiative in volunteering for their school or community, have participated in co-curricular activities, and have held leadership positions within their schools.

Learn more about who placed in the Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazers here!

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