Pupil not one for lime­light

Jaide un­aware of Blake hon­our

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

A Cromwell young­ster got the sur­prise of her life on Fri­day when she was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award dur­ing her school’s assem­bly. Jaide Dixon, 11, from Gold­fields Pri­mary School hadn’t even heard of the award when she was called up to re­ceive it in front of her peers, her mum, nana and grand­dad. The award recog­nises young peo­ple who have shown promis­ing lead­er­ship in their school and com­mu­nity. The award is pre­sented to one pupil in each pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate school which choose to be part of the ini­tia­tive with the re­cip­i­ent se­lected by their teach­ers and peers. Jaide’s teacher, Bar­bara Simmers, nom­i­nated Jaide be­cause of her out­stand­ing lead­er­ship qual­i­ties. ‘‘She has real com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy for those less for­tu­nate than her­self,’’ Mrs Simmers said. ‘‘She en­cour­ages and sees the good in ev­ery­one re­gard­less. With youn- ger chil­dren, she is a role model and al­ways will­ing to go the ex­tra mile.’’ She was a tal­ented sportsper­son, play­ing net­ball and soc­cer as well as en­joy­ing swim­ming and run­ning, but was very hum­ble and would never look for the lime­light, she said. ‘‘As a teacher I see her strong sense of what is right and what is wrong, and how she takes a lead in mak­ing sen­si­ble de­ci­sions. She con­sis­tently does the right thing and her sense of fair­ness and her com­pas­sion make her a very spe­cial girl.’’ Jaide said she liked help­ing peo­ple be­cause it ‘‘feels good’’ to help oth­ers. As part of the award, she re­ceived a Sir Peter Blake Trust medal and pin, a pair of Sir Peter Blake Trust red socks, a mo­ti­va­tional DVD and a book about Sir Peter Blake. She said her mum, for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games medal-win­ning high­jumper Ta­nia Mur­ray, was very proud of her and gave her a bracelet and took her out for tea to recog­nise her achieve­ment.

Photo: EMMADAWE

Cho­sen: Gold­fields Pri­mary School’s Jaide Dixon, 11, with the medal and red socks she re­ceived for win­ning the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award.

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