Time again for the school to present out termly Arohanui award which, as you may recall, celebrates the fact that many of our students do quite remarkable things in our community and beyond, simply because they see a need and they know they can make a difference in someone else’s world. Often they do these things quietly behind the scenes, for no reward or recognition, but in doing so, they demonstrate the meaning of Arohanui and show ‘much love, with deep affection’ for their fellow human beings.
We presented two students our special ‘Arohanui Cross’ and gift: Ryan Watkins and Tatyanah Andrews–de Thierry. As a year 12 student, Ryan often does things to include and encourage the younger students at St Peter’s in games or conversations around the school. During the Eisteddfod he supported a group of younger boys who needed help and encouragement with their Eisteddfod performance, and many people, peers staff and parents included, thought this was admirable. This is the Spirit of St Peter’s in action in our school. Tatyanah received the award for the constant caring she has shown towards our Chinese visitors this week. Whenever someone has been needed to guide a new student, have lunch with them or show them where things are around the school, staff have noticed that it has been Tatyanah's hand that has immediately gone up along with her warm friendly smile. This compassion means the world to people visiting our school who are far away from their own friends and family. We also see that Tatyanah is often the first person to notice when other students around the school need a smile or a friend for extra support. Well done Tatyanah!
If you know of any students who quietly have done things behind the scenes to help others in need, for no reward to themselves, please contact the school with details. Anyone can nominate someone, students, parents, or members of the community. We’d love to hear about it.