Top hon­our for top stu­dent

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

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.

REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata West­pac branch man­ager Mi­randa Thom­son and agribusi­ness man­ager Mike Dom­broski with Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award re­cip­i­ent Ruby Preb­ble.

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