Achievement Awards 2009
PAPAKURA HIGH SCHOOL
Blaire's objective is to make a career in sports, exercise and rehabilitation, to help people achieve their goals and find their strength to try again. She has a strong passion for people and their wellbeing.
She has a National Certificate of Education achievement, Level 1 and 2, comprised of 116 achievement standards credits at Level 1 and 119 at Level 2. She has also received a Certificate of appreciation and recognition for volunteering as an official for the Special Olympics, has completed the Navy Adventure Challenge 09/02 at the Devonport Naval Base, a Certificate for good effort in Science and Biology. She is also a member of the Health, School and Whanau Councils, and is a Prefect at the school.
Jonathan's aim is to study music at a tertiary level. Jonathan has had a dream of becoming a professional composer/musician. He excels in music, and wishes to pursue this avenue by attending Auckland University in the coming year.
Last year he won the Trusts Secondary School Composers Competition, and got to experience the feeling of having his own piece of music finally played by a full orchestra.
Jonathan runs weekly band practices and rehearsals, and gives trumpet lessons on Saturday mornings at the Papakura Music School. He has been principal cornet player of Papakura RSA Brass Band for a few years, and also plays the Euphonium for the Band. He enjoys composing music for Orchestra and Brass Bands and some of his compositions have already been played at concerts. Jonathan has also played in all the ANZAC day services of Papakura and Drury for the past five years. He has played in Christmas parades, citizenship ceremonies, award ceremonies for the Papakura District Council, and leads bands for youth events on Friday nights.
Jonathan is currently a prefect at Papakura High School.
Anna remembers her first day as a Year Nine being told there were "many opportunities for all students" at Rosehill College and through her time there she can definitely say that was indeed the case. This year she has improved her leadership skills by being given the role of Kahurangi House Leader. This involved three other House leaders and as well as Anna leading the house, being involved in House Council and also in one of the Sports Committee, Cultural Committee, Social Committee or Performing Arts Committee.
For the past three years Anna has also been part of the Rosehill Premier Netball team and captain for 2008 and 2009. This year she joined the Girls cricket team. Anna says the sport opportunities at Rosehill College really are incredible, offering a wide range of sports for all year levels and great recognition for sports success in and out of school.
Anna has also been a student advisor for the last three years.
In 2010 Anna is aiming to do a Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS) at AUT. Her choice for a major would be in Advertising Creativity.
Matthew has been at Rosehill College for 3 years, and has enjoyed particular success in the past year in many ways. This year he has done well academically and is pleased with his internal results. For co-curricular activities, Matthew has been a part of the 1st XI Cricket team, Open Boys Basketball Team, Sports council and was a part of the winning school Talent Quest group, singing vocals and playing guitar. He has also been a part of the He Kakano programme which has allowed him to mentor a Year 11 Maori student towards gaining NCEA Level 1 this year. He has enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the school and to support his cultural heritage.
Matthew's dream is to own his own film production company which will be aided by a degree of BA/BCom which he is undertaking next year at the University of Auckland. This award will aid Matthew financially with this dream.
MANUREWA HIGH SCHOOL
Stephanie Wass is a year 13 student at Manurewa High School. Her favourite subjects this year are Early Childhood and textiles.
Stephanie is a prefect and as such has different duties in which she attends to each day. This year as a prefect she participated in Peer Support for the year 9 students, interacting with them and helping them to grow to become good role models for the school. Stephanie also attended the Anzac Service, assisted with the schools Careers Expo and helped to organise and supervise the year 10 dance.
She is in her second year of attending the Gateway program through school which allows her to do work experience at the Gardens Early Childhood Centre. She has learnt many skills which she will take into the future. Out in the community Stephanie is a girls Rally and Youth Leader.
Her aim for 2010 is to study to become an Early Childhood Teacher because she is passionate about working with children and watching them develop into the person they are going to be. This award will therefore be a great financial boost to kick start her chosen profession.
Jordan is in Year 13. He is a hard working and diligent student, who has gained both NCEA Level 1 and NCEA Level 2 with Merit endorsements over the past two years.
Based on his academic achievements for Year 12, he was chosen this year as one of the schools ASB Scholars. He is currently studying NCEA Level 3 Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English.
To match his abilities in the classroom, he has been involved in a range of extracurricular activities. He has performed as a band member for the schools last two musical productions in 2007 and 2008. This year he has been a performer at the ASB Polyfest, participant during International Week, and a member of the Student Health Council.
He was also selected by staff and his peers as a School Prefect.
Next year he plans to study Health Science at the University of Auckland.
JAMES COOK HIGH SCHOOL
Laree is an outstanding student who has achieved all-round success.
She is one of the school's top academic students who was second overall in Year 11, fourth overall in Year 12, third overall in Year 13, this year, and is well on track this year to achieve Level 3 NCEA endorsed with Merit at least.
Laree participates fully in co-curricular activities, including Senior Girls' Cricket and Badminton, the school's Amnesty International Club and Breakfast Club, and as a member of the Indian Cultural Group. She is the leader of Titoki House this year, and in that role has demonstrated strong leadership skills.
Next year, Laree will begin study for a Bachelor of Health Science with a Physiotherapy major at the Auckland University of Technology.
Sharlin impresses as one of the school's most diligent and persevering students, who manages to maintain a strong academic record while also making a major contribution to co-curricular activities, particularly in the area of service to the school and community.
Sharlin was placed eighth overall in Year 12, and has already achieved Level 3 NCEA through internal standards alone, with still 57 credits to come from externally-assessed standards. Such is her commitment to her studies, she is likely to pass all of these, many at Merit and Excellence levels.
As a school prefect this year, Sharlin has contributed generously in a wide range of leadership roles, showing strong organisational skills and a capacity to complete tasks efficiently. Sharlin also plays in the Senior Girls' Soccer team.
Next year, Sharlin will begin study for a Diploma in Shipping and Freight in the Maritime School at the Manukau Institute of Technology, leading to a career in the Customs Service.
Sonia has applied to MIT to study Bachelor in Sport. She is a member of the Senior Girls Volleyball B team and an active participant and organiser of whanau sport. She organises most of the inter whanau competitions along with the sports leaders. Sonia has voluntarily helped organise the annual Sports Dinner showing her passion and commitment to sport and community within the college and is a member of the Nuiean culture group.
As a leader Sonia is a very good role model who has consistently demonstrated the independent learner qualities over 5 years at Alfriston College.
Uai has applied to AUT to study physiotherapy. Uai is a student leader for Whainga and a very good all rounder He is a keen sportsman and has demonstrated his leadership as the captain of the Premier Volleyball team and Rugby League team and was awarded the most improved player for 2009. He has been an active member of the Inter-whanau teams at Alfriston College. Uai is a quiet student who has real presence with his peers and is well respected by all. He also enjoys music, is a piano player in the successful iiTUNEZ music band and is a member of the Nuiean culture group.