Stu­dents re­ceive Sir Peter award

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

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.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

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.

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