Stu­dents earn gold sta­tus

Blue Moun­tain Col­lege has proud record with awards

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East­ern South­land schools made their mark on the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Hil­lary awards on Satur­day as they walked away with 16 gold awards. On the evening there were 51 award re­cip­i­ents with 10 go­ing to stu­dents from Tapa- nui’s Blue Moun­tain Col­lege. Col­lege award leader Vicki Craw­ford said since 2007, the col­lege had re­ceived 63 gold Duke of Ed­in­burgh awards. The school en­cour­aged its pupils to be­come ‘‘the all round stu­dent’’, which could be why so many achieved the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, she said. Three stu­dents from Gore High, two from Men­zies Col­lege and one from St Peters Col­lege also re­ceived the gold award. Blue

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Col­lege stu­dent Cherise Thom­son also re­ceived the award but was un­able to at­tend the evening. ‘‘We are a small ru­ral school that con­tin­u­ally punches above our weight,’’ Mrs Craw­ford said.

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