Award goes to popular choice
The first student from Wairere School to receive a Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award, Grace Hayward, is a shining example of leadership, her teacher and nominator Karen Catchpole said.
‘‘ She suits her name; she guides, she does not demand.’’
The year 6 student is going to Matamata Intermediate School next year. ‘‘ I would keep her if I could,’’ Catchpole said.
Grace is one of eight team leaders at the school.
Hers was the only name that came to mind when the Matamata Chronicle asked four students before the surprise presentation who the best leader the school was.
‘‘Grace is an awesome person; if you are hurt she will help, if you need help with understanding your school work she will and she is good at hockey but lets you have a shot,’’ Elizabeth Allbon, 11, said.
She thought Grace would scream when she was presented with the award by Westpac Matamata branch manager Miranda Thompson and banking consult-
in ant Stacey Lingard.
Grace did not scream but her proud mum Kelly almost cried at the assembly on Friday.
The award is open to primary and intermediate school students aged 9 to 13.
The chosen student must have shown promising leadership ability and made a contribution to their school and/ or community.
Westpac helped found the trust in 2004.
AMAZING GRACE: Wairere School student Grace Hayward was last week presented with a Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award.