Achievement Awards 2010


Peter van der Voorn

Peter has been a top academic learner in his 5 years at Alfriston College. He is a good all rounder although he has focussed on his academic pursuits this year to gain entrance into University to study engineering.

He is an accomplished musician who has been widely involved in Performance Music during these 5 years (Jazz Band, Senior Ensemble, Show Bands, Rock Bands, various ad hoc ensemble) and he has been a member of the AC Concert Band this year.

Although his focus has been mainly academic and cultural, Peter has participated in Whanau Athletics, cross country, and other Whanau activities throughout his time at Alfriston College.

Peter has both the mana and the skills of a leader. He is well respected by his peers and learning leaders. Peter inspires others to be engaged in learning, to have a commitment to community and culture and to be the very best they can be.

Staci-Ann Thornton

Staci-Ann's goal is to be a 'lead instructor' in the outdoor environment. She will be
attending AUT to study for a Bachelor Sport & Recreation (Outdoor Education). She is able to lead different groups of people as she has the drive, discipline and resilience to take 'ownership' of things that need doing.

Academically Staci Ann has been a high achiever and has applied herself across all aspects of school life. She has taken on a significant community role this year as a student leader in her Whanau and on the School Health Council. Broadening her horizons she also chose to attend the Model United Nations representing North Korea and then advanced to the Commonwealth Nations where she represented Tuvalu.

Staci Ann is also passionate about her music and as an accomplished Clarinet player has been highly involved with the Concert Band throughout her schooling.


Ashleigh Colcord

Ashleigh has gained Level 1 and 2 NCEA, and she is now well on the way towards achieving Level 3. She has achieved Junior Diplomas, with Merit in Year 9 and Excellence
in Year 10. Ashleigh won the Junior Speech contest in 2007 and, this year, spoke at the Manurewa RSA Anzac Day ceremony about what Anzac Day means to her.

Ashleigh has been involved in sporting activities, including First X1 Girls' Soccer, Senior Girls' Touch Rugby, Senior Girls' Basketball and Junior Netball, as well as inter-House competition in indoor soccer, basketball and tag. She was a member of the ASB Polyfest Niuean Group in 2009 and the Indian Group in 2010, demonstrating, as a young Maori woman, an ability to work constructively within a multi-cultural environment.

Ashleigh is a member of the Student Sports Council, the School Council; she is a senior organiser in the Breakfast Club, and, as leader of her House, also provides considerable organisational assistance.

Ashleigh intends to study for a Bachelor of Social Work at AUT next year. The skills and attributes she has demonstrated while at James Cook High School indicate she will have a very successful future in this area.

Faifailemu Ah-Tuna

Since arriving at James Cook High School as a Year 9 student in 2006, Faifailemu Ah-Tuna has consistently impressed as a cheerful, helpful and popular young man who is both an accomplished all-rounder and an outstanding leader.

Academic success is shown through his achievement of: Junior Diplomas for Years 9 (2006) and 10 (2007), the Year 10 Diploma being awarded with distinction; Level 1 NCEA in 2008 and Level 2 NCEA in 2009, both endorsed with Merit; numerous subject 1st places over the years.

A talented Rugby player, Faifailemu gained a place in the First XV from 2007 onwards, and his contribution was endorsed by his team in 2009 when they selected him for the "Most Valuable Player" award. He was selected for the Counties Manukau U16 Rugby squad in 2007, as captain of their U18 squad in 2009 and 2010, was selected to play for the Chiefs Secondary Schools Rugby Programme in 2009 and 2010, and won a place in the Counties Manukau Rugby Academy this year. In 2009, he won a scholarship for a ten-day voyage on the "Spirit of Adventure".

Service to the school and community is a focus for Faifailemu, shown through his involvement in the Peacemakers Group 2007 to 2009, the Breakfast Club 2010, the SHINE Sports and Health Could B4U programmes in 2010, and as a member of the Services Academy Weight-training team which held a 24-hour sponsored relay to raise funds for victims of the 2009 Samoan Tsunami.

Faifailemu has all the attributes not only to gain a good tertiary degree at university, but to also become a prominent and respected citizen and contributor to society and an outstanding ambassador for New Zealand's Samoan community.


Bruce Ligaliga

Bruce is currently studying Year 13 at Manurewa High School. He is the school's Head Boy and leads a group of 32 prefects who are involved with planning functions such as the Junior Rave, Senior Ball and 50th School Reunion. He is captain of the 1st XIII Rugby League team and the Kilikiti Senior Boy team.

Bruce has also been selected in numerous Rugby League Teams including a game with the Warriors Development team.

His interests involve spending time with family, attending church and church activities, attending school, and enjoying sports. He is a good communicator and has the confidence to give service to those who are in need.

Bruce is honoured to be chosen as one of the school's students to receive an Inder Lynch Award and is sure the additional finance will be a huge help towards his future studies.

Hayley Crooks

Hayley is currently finishing her final year at Manurewa High School. For the past five years she has been involved in a selection of music groups such as chamber groups, concert band, jazz band and the school's choir. In 2008 and 2010 she performed in the school productions of Grease and Guys and Dolls with the lead roles of Frenchy and Miss Adelaide.

Her ultimate dream is to attend NZBS and take up a career in Broadcast Journalism or Radio Broadcasting.

In Hayley's words – "The best advice I have ever received was this: As soon as what you are doing becomes a job, that's when you know you need to re-evaluate. I am certain this course will send me in the direction I want to head where one day I can make it to the top and inspire others."

Hayley says she is exceptionally grateful and honoured, not only to be considered but to also receive the scholarship granted by Inder Lynch.


Fedora Singh

Fedora has been a student at Papakura High School for 4 years where she has been studying Maths with Calculus, Maths with Statistics, English and Accounting.

As a young Pacific Island student she has developed new and built on existing qualities and strengths. One of the most important of these is her Christian faith and passion to excel which is an integral part of her life and has been strengthened by her time at Papakura High School.

She is a representative of Papakura High School in the Soccer team, Touch team , Captain of the Basketball team and Captain of the Rugby team. She is a Dance Leader and has organized a 'Bring It On' dance troupe at Papakura High School. She has also put together a Samoan group to represent the school at the 2010 Polyfest. Fedora is a House Leader and has organized school sporting events. She is also the Captain of the community indoor netball and basketball teams and has been a referee at the indoor netball women's competition. Fedora is a leader in the Youth Pride Programme for Papakura which involves organizing fun sporting events for children in the community.

In 2008 she achieved Class award in English at Level One, a Diligence award in Accounting at Level One and Consistent High Achievement in Accounting at Level One. Achieved level one NCEA with a merit endorsement. In 2009 and Class award in English at Level Two and Achieved level two NCEA with an achieve endorsement.

Fedora is wishing to achieve a degree in Business studying at the University of Auckland.

Ruben Anderson

Ruben is finishing Year 13 at Papakura high school, having passed NCEA level 1, 2 and 3, and planning to do a degree in sports and leisure at AUT or Massey University.

He has been involved in many sports such as rugby and martial arts. In martial arts he is aiming for a black belt next year and hopefully be involved in the community helping younger kids to be focussed and healthy.

Ruben has been captain for the rugby team 3 years in a row (2007-2009) and been in counties representative as well. He is a consistent worker and takes pride in his physical, mental and emotional well being. His main goal in life is to become a stuntman and learn from the best stunt people around. This study award will certainly help Ruben and his family in achieving his educational and career aspirations.

As a young Maori, the world of opportunities ahead can only be made possible with help and support of community groups such as this Achievement Award.


Britt Jones

Britt is a Year 13 student who is very interested in music as a subject and a future career direction. She has been accepted into AUT, Auckland in 2011 to study a Bachelor of Digital Design.

At present Britt has 44 Level 3 credits for NCEA and will be starting external exams.

Britt has been active in the Music Department while at Rosehill College. She has been the Stage Band Leader. The Events Committee has also been one of her responsibilities this year.

A Scholarship to help with her studies next year would be very much appreciated

Felicity Tahu

Felicity is a Year 13 student who originally came to New Zealand from the Wallace Islands in French Polynesia. She is keen to study French and Psychology at the University of Waikato and will move to Hamilton in 2011.

Felicity has 58 Level 3 credits for NCEA. She tries to be a role model for Polynesian students who attend Rosehill College and constantly emphasises to them the need for hard work and success.

She comes from a family where they have had to work hard for an income and would use the Scholarship money to great benefit.