Top honour for top student
Red Socks Day is a reminder to dream big and is a celebration of the Kiwi spirit.
It’s held on July 7 which is now a special day for Matamata girl Ruby Prebble, who was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leadership Award on that date.
Red Socks Day is held in memory of the late Sir Peter Blake who wore his red socks in 1995 when Black Magic sailed to win the America’s Cup.
Young Leader Awards celebrate young people whose outstanding leadership uplifts their school community.
It is awarded by staff of Westpac, partners of the Sir Peter Blake Trust.
Ruby, a Year 8 student, is the first recipient from Matamata Christian School.
Matamata branch manager Miranda Thomson and agribusiness manager Mike Dombroski surprised Ruby with the award in the end of term school assembly.
‘‘When they called my name, I was like wow.
‘‘I feel really happy and grateful.’’
In 2016 Ruby was awarded the House Leadership Award, Sports Award and Excellence in Mathematics and has also received the Principal’s Award earlier this year.
Matamata Christian School principal Alistair Paterson says there is only one school award Ruby has not yet claimed.
‘‘Over her years here Ruby has consistently won awards across the school’s eight core values.’’
Ruby’s parents Karmenne and Stephen were in assembly to see her receive the top honour.
Karmenne said she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter.
‘‘It’s an honour for her to receive such a prestigious award.
‘‘She is a born leader and she loves her school work.
‘‘She throws everything into what she is doing. She is amazing.
‘‘We always encourage her at home, you have to teach the kids the right way to go, but she is a natural leader and teacher.’’
She said the staff of Matamata Christian School encourage their students to grow as leaders, so this award was a result of the opportunities given to the students.
Matamata Westpac branch manager Miranda Thomson and agribusiness manager Mike Dombroski with Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award recipient Ruby Prebble.