Award goes to pop­u­lar choice

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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 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.

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