Recently Miss Dana Bond (Learning Tutor for Year 8), Miss Prue Scorgie (Form Teacher) and Simon Coleman attended the Rotary Young Achievers awards. This was a wonderful opportunity to see and hear about the amazing talents that all the representatives from the schools in the district have. Our students who received awards were Charlotte Cuttance, Sian Hutchins and Kotahi Hetaraka. My thanks to Miss Dana Bond for all the preparation and written citations as follows:
Charlotte is a mature, talented, all round student who diligently works to her potential in all aspects of school life.
In the academic field, Charlotte received first in class for Physical Education and Dance and Drama in 2012. In 2013 she gained a credit in the ICAS Mathematics examination and a participation in the ICAS Science and Australasian examinations. Charlotte represented St Peter’s College in the SMAC Maths competition and was also part of the GATE Mathematics and Science course.
Outside of the classroom Charlotte is a talented and competitive sportswoman. She is a member of the Waikaka Tennis Club and was selected for the Southland 12’s team that travelled to Timaru to compete. She was also part of the St Peter’s College Tennis team that competed at the primary schools tournament where she came fourth out of fifteen. Charlotte is also involved in Netball and was a member of the St Peter’s College 8A Netball Team but still has time to volunteer on a Saturday to umpire Netball in the Eastern Southland competition and this year passed her Netball NZ umpiring theory centre test banks examination.
Charlotte is also an enthusiastic participant in cultural events. She was Highly Commended for Junior Poetry and was placed first in Junior Scripture at St Peter’s College Eisteddfod Festival.
Charlotte was chosen this year as an aspiring Young Leader for St Peter’s College and attended the Halogen Young Leaders Course in Dunedin. Charlotte also attended the GATE Leadership course. The teaching staff admire the excellent leadership qualities she always displays both in the class and in the wider school environment.
Sian is a most energetic, positive and diligent all-rounder. Academically she is consistently strong in all subject areas. In 2012 Sian was awarded first place in Digital Technology, Music and Dance and Drama. This year Sian gained a distinction in the ICAS Science examination. She attended the GATE Mathematics and Science courses and was chosen to represent St Peter’s College in the SMAC Maths Team. She was part of the Year Eight debating team which competed against Longford and Blue Mountain. Sian also learns Latin after school.
Sian excels on the sporting field as well and was selected to represent Eastern Southland at the Southland Champs for Trampolining. Sian is a talented swimmer and competed above her age group in the combined Gore High and St Peter’s College swimming sports where she was placed second overall in the Year Nine St Peter’s College girls’ section. This is a great achievement for a Year Eight student.
In the cultural field Sian plays the Saxophone and was chosen to perform in the Best of the Rest Eisteddfod concert. Sian was first equal in Instrumental, playing the Saxophone.
Sian was chosen this year as an aspiring Young Leader for St Peter’s College and attended the Halogen Young Leaders Course in Dunedin at the start of the year. The teaching staff admire the way Sian always displays excellent leadership qualities both in the classroom and in the wider school environment.
This year Sian has been a Year Eight representative member on the St Peter’s College school council undertaking various positive initiatives to better the school, with an emphasis on recycling.
While Sian is obviously talented and succeeds in many aspects of school life, she is also valued for her caring and thoughtful attitude towards others, and her superb work ethic.
Kotahi is a positive student who carries a lot of mana in his year group. His positive attitude and his continued determination to succeed and be himself are inspirational.
Kotahi was chosen this year as an aspiring Young Leader for St Peter’s College and attended the Halogen Young Leaders Course in Dunedin at the start of the year. The teaching staff appreciate the excellent leadership qualities he always displays both in the class and in the wider school environment.
Kotahi is a talented and competitive sportsman and has used his gifts to the best of his ability. He is a member of the St Peter’s College Volleyball Team. Kotahi placed fifth in the St Peter’s College school cross country. He was the St Peter’s College combined Year Seven and Eight rugby captain and he represented Eastern and Southland for Rugby in the Under 65kg grade, being a member of the team which won the South Island Tournament. Kotahi was in the combined Year Seven and Eight St Peter’s College Basketball team and also represented Eastern Under 13s in this field. At the St Peter’s College athletics he was placed first in the discus and the shot put and went on to Eastern to win in both of these disciplines. At Southland Athletics he was placed third in the shot put.
Kotahi has great respect for his culture and has grabbed all opportunities available with both hands. He is a respected member of the College Kapa Haka group. He also gave his time willingly to help staff after school with pronunciation and use of Te Reo Maori. He also attended the Waitangi Day celebration in 2013. He is also a talented actor and singer and was a member of the Best of Broadway production, which required a well organised and committed approach to balance rehearsals and performances with school and sporting responsibilities.
Kotahi has a wealth of talents and St Peter’s are particularly proud of the way he uses them. We are also proud of his thoughtful, responsible attitude towards others, which is at the heart of our school’s philosophy.