Senior students take a bow
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.
Dannielle Graham was awarded the honour of Dux for her hard work and dedication.