Se­nior stu­dents take a bow

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Hard work and per­se­ver­ance were cel­e­brated at the an­nual Se­nior Aca­demic Awards.

The awards marked the aca­demic achieve­ments of Tau­marunui stu­dents in­clud­ing teach­ers over the year.

It also marked a new jour­ney for Year 13 stu­dents who leave to ful­fil their dreams and am­bi­tions.

Tau­marunui High School Board of Trustees chair­man, Nic Wood said re­spect played an im­por­tant role in ed­u­ca­tion and the suc­cess of its stu­dents.

‘‘Re­spect is a dis­ci­pline that needs to be fos­tered. You learn it by the sim­ple things, by stop­ping and re­flect­ing.’’

Graduates were also chal­lenged to prac­tice and foster an at­ti­tude of re­spect which will help them wher­ever they go.

Wish­ing the graduates all the best Wood said he was proud to play a small part in their jour­ney.

This year also marked a spe­cial time watch­ing his daugh­ter, Me­gan Wood grad­u­ate.

Prin­ci­pal John Raut­en­bach said the school’s con­nect­ed­ness helped pave the way for stu­dent suc­cess.

Changes to the cur­ricu­lum will sup­port stu­dents and open up op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn in their ar­eas of in­ter­est.

The new struc­ture will help stu­dents make con­nec­tions to the real world work­ing with ex­pert men­tors.

‘‘These changes are be­ing im­ple­mented in or­der to im­prove learn­ing for our stu­dents by in­di­vid­u­al­is­ing learn­ing to their needs and in­ter­ests.

‘‘This pro­gramme will also give the com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to see first hand just how tal­ented, hard­work­ing and cre­ative the young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity are.’’

Par­ents and whanau were also ac­knowl­edged for their con­tri­bu­tion.

‘‘Your con­nec­tion to your childs ed­u­ca­tion is what makes them suc­cess­ful and what makes this a great school.’’

Par­ents, Steven and Ch­eryl Casey were given a spe­cial award for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port.

For 15 years the cou­ple have watched their chil­dren grad­u­ate with the youngest fin­ish­ing this year.

Dan­nielle Gra­ham was also awarded Te Pae­wai o Te Ran­giout­stand­ing Schol­ar­ship for Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence (Waikato Univer­sity).head Stu­dents for 2018 are Lara Dempsey and Chad Wool­ston with Erin Wood and Alex­cia Tawaka an­nounced as Deputy Head Stu­dents.

Casey Ro­tary Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Shield. Shan­non Tar­rant Frank House Memo­rial Award. Me­gan Wood New Fron­tiers Schol­ar­ship Award. Shari Saies New Zealand School of Tourism Schol­ar­ship. Dan­nielle Gra­ham Te Pae­wai o Te Rangi-out­stand­ing Schol­ar­ship for Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence (Waikato Univer­sity). Out­stand­ing: Brad Ivimey 1998 Re­union Cup (Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence in Level 1). Todd Ja­cobs Eli­saia Cup (Schol­ar­ship and Sport­man­ship in Level 1).Mad­di­son Bing­ham Trustees Cup (Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence in Level 2). Lara Dempsey Co­laraty Cup (Schol­ar­ship and Sports­man­ship in Level 2). Me­gan Wood Bowa­ter Cup (Schol­ar­ship,sports­man­ship & Ser­vice). Spe­cial Awards: Dav­ina Zim­mer Prin­ci­pal’s Award for Ex­cel­lence in Lead­er­ship. Nik­las Meindl Prin­ci­pal’s Award For NCEA Level 3 Ex­cel­lence.jasper Hel­len­thal Prin­ci­pal’s Award For NCEA Level 3 Ex­cel­lence. In­dia Rika Prin­ci­pal’s Award For Manaak­i­tanga. Anali­cia Har­ris Praa Tro­phy for Per­sis­tence and Per­se­ver­ance in Yr 13. Si­nai Maru-kahukiwa Ma­niapoto Trust Board Award. Wik­i­to­ria Iwikau Ngati Tuwhare­toa Award. Erin Lacy The Lerm Achieve­ment Award(yr 11) for Meetingi School Ex­pec­ta­tions. Ste­vie Huhu-wereta Moyle House Hos­tel Award 2017.

MARIA COLE

Dan­nielle Gra­ham was awarded the hon­our of Dux for her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

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