Students receive Sir Peter award
After receiving a Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award two Matamata students will be hot property next year.
‘‘After reading about this in the paper all the teachers will want her in their classes,’’ Anna Kurth joked about her Walton School student Shannon Cody.
Kurth nominated her 10-yearold student because she runs an after-school service where she helps other students with their homework and informs teachers on their progress.
The avid reade will be going to Matamata Intermediate next year.
It was good timing that Jacob Fouhy’s grandparents were in town to see him receive his award on June 29.
The 12- year- old was nominated by his Matamata Intermediate teacher Rachael van Houven. ‘‘He is a top kid,’’ she said. Both van Houven and Jacob’s mum Sandra Fouhy cried when the award was presented at the special assembly.
Sandra said she was proud to hear her son described as showing initiative, caring, dedicated and not afraid to give anything a go.
‘‘You don’t see those leadership qualities so much at home.’’
The award is open to primary and intermediate school students aged 9 to 13.
A total of 340 students around the country received the award this year.
The chosen student must have shown promising leadership ability and made a contribution to their school or community.
It was good timing for Jacob Fouhy that his grandparents were in town to see him receive the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award. From left, his grandparents and parents Noeline Bell, Sandra Fouhy, Graham Fouhy, Colleen Fouhy and Brian Fouhy.
From left, Westpac agri-business manager Nick Dawson, Walton School teacher Anna Kurth, Westpac Matamata branch manager Miranda Thompson and Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award recipient Shannon Cody.