Date: Friday, 10 November 2017
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

Rotary Young Achiever

Abby Gutschlag

Abby is a talented pupil who displays a high degree of determination to achieve her goals.  She has achieved considerable success across the academic, cultural and sporting fields.

Academically, in 2016 Abby gained a first class placing for Religious Education, Social Studies, Mathematics, Digital Technology, Product Design and Music and a diligence award.  To highlight this impressive record she was named Top Scholar for her year group.  Abby likes to keep herself busy and during her two years at St Peter’s College she has been a member of the College’s Lit Quiz Team, has competed at the Eastern Speech finals and has received a number of awards in ICAS Mathematics and Science. 

Culturally, Abby shines on the stage.  In 2016 in the  Eisteddfod Abby took out the Junior Solo title and this year was a member of a band.  Abby plays a number of instruments including guitar, ukulele, and the banjo.  She enters a number of singing competitions far and wide but perhaps the most noteworthy are her successes in the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards.  For the last two years Abby has been a finalist in the New Zealand Gold Guitars and this year won the Junior Duo section title.  Abby also likes to dance and has gained Distinction is both her Jazz Grade 3 and 4 exams.  In another dance discipline Hip-Hop, she has gained Honours in both Grade 5 and 6.   

During the winter Abby plays hockey.  This year she was named the Most Valuable Player for the Eastern Maroon team.  In 2016 Abby was in the Under 13 Festival Hockey team and this year was selected for the Eastern Under 13 Girls’ Collier Hockey team.  Abby manages to maintain her fitness throughout the year and this year she gained fifth place at the Eastern Cross Country and went on to compete in the Southland Cross Country competition.

Abby is an outstanding Young Achiever.  Her range of talents make her a very valued member of the St Peter’s College community.  She lives out our school values of commitment, community and compassion in her daily school life and the commitment she has to all aspects of her life is a credit to her.  Abby is highly respected by her peers and was chosen by staff and pupils to attend the Halogen Young Leaders’ Day in Dunedin earlier this year.  Abby thoroughly enjoys sharing her dancing and singing gifts with others voluntarily at various events in Eastern Southland. 

Seba Metzler

Seba is an outgoing and enthusiastic student.   He an active learner, taking pride in his many successes.  His strong work ethic enables him to achieve excellent results.  He is a respected class member who is a positive role model in both individual and group situations.

Seba pushes himself academically across a number of curriculum areas.   In 2016, he was placed first in class in English and has been recognised for his special talents by participating in various GATE activities.   Seba is constantly challenging his ability by participating in academic competitions outside the classroom.  He was part of our school Lit Quiz Team and gained a merit award in ICAS Science.  This year Seba represented St Peter’s College in the SMAC Maths Competition held in Invercargill. 

In the sporting area, Seba plays rugby for the St Peter’s College Year 7 and 8 team.  He is our current Athletics Champion for his age group and has managed to gain this title for two consecutive years.  He has competed at the Eastern and Southland Athletic Competitions.  Seba enjoys running so it comes as no surprise that he has competed at the Eastern and Southland Cross Country events for the last two years.

Seba’s talent extends into the cultural arena.  He learns speech and is this year’s Junior Eisteddfod Champion.  To become the Eisteddfod Champion, Seba needed to perform well across a number of categories.  He gained a first place in the Entertainment, Impromptu Speech and Scripture section of the competition.  He was also placed second in the Expressive Reading section.  

Seba participates in the Royal British Ballet Examinations and in 2016 he gained Distinction. 

For 2016 and 2017 Seba represented his fellow pupils on the Student Council and was the Southland Spirit of a Nation representative for St Peter’s College in 2016. Whilst Seba is obviously a talented person, the qualities we at St Peter’s value are his zest for learning, his tremendous work ethic and his willingness to be involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities.

Tom Nicholson

Tom has achieved considerable success in the sporting arena.  During his first two years at St Peter’s College, Tom has showcased his exceptional talent by competing successfully at local, regional and national levels.

Tom enjoys a wide range of physical activities.  He plays rugby for the St Peter’s College Year 7 and 8 team and in 2016 was selected for the Eastern and the Southland Country Under 38 kg squads, captaining both of these teams.  His leadership ability on the rugby field is obviously one that is quickly recognised by his coaches.  In 2017 Tom was selected as the half-back for the Southland Under 48 kg Team. 

Rugby is not the only sport that Tom excels in.  Tom plays tennis for the local Citizens Tennis Club and in 2016 and 2017 was selected for the Southland Under 12 Tennis Team.  This year however, Tom was selected for the Southern Nationals Tennis Team.   This was a fantastic achievement.

Hand-eye co-ordination is no trouble for Tom and hockey has also benefitted from his skills.  Tom has been a member of the Southland Hatch Cup Hockey Team for the last two years competing in both Christchurch and Auckland.

Although it is hard to imagine Tom fitting much else into his busy schedule, he also competes in cross country events for the local Eastern and provincial competitions and enjoys the 800 m event winning this at the Eastern Athletics Meet in 2017.

Academically, in 2016 Tom gained first class placings in Physical Education and Product Design.  You may have even spotted Tom on the stage in Peter Pan. 

Tom is highly respected by his peers.  His engaging personality, mischievous smile and his ‘give everything a go’ attitude bode well for his future.




Contact Details

Street Address: 121 Kakapo Street, Gore, Southland, New Zealand
Postal Address: P O Box 94, Gore 9740
Telephone: (03) 208 9060
Fax: (03) 208 0000

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