Say­ing school is cool

Week’s fo­cus is at­ten­dance

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The an­nual Toko­roa At­ten­dance Week cam­paign was a huge suc­cess last week.

One of the cam­paign’s highlights was the Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion Expo evening at St Lukes Com­mu­nity Church.

For­est View High School year 10 stu­dent Leith McCloskey was awarded the prize for win­ning the, It’s not okay to miss a day At­ten­dance Aware­ness Week poster com­pe­ti­tion.

Leith spoke about his love for graphic and car­toon art.

‘‘ Jimmy is a char­ac­ter I cre­ated and I thought it might be cool to use him in this poster to il­lus­trate the fact that it’s not cool to skip school,’’ he said.

Leith’s win­ning de­sign will be in­cor­po­rated in posters for dis­tri­bu­tion around the com­mu­nity to pro­mote school at­ten­dance.

The evening also had Tru­ancy Am­bas­sador Bob Ti­aki de­liver an in­spi­ra­tional speech to fam­i­lies to en­cour­age a pos­i­tive cul­ture in the home where valu­ing ed­u­ca­tion was con­sid­ered nor­mal.

He spoke about the im­por­tance of mak­ing sure chil­dren at­tended school ev­ery day.

Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate won the Tru­ancy Rap/Poem/Song com­pe­ti­tion.

An­other cam­paign high­light was the Valu­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Ed­u­ca­tors evening where teach­ers were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates and gift bas­kets by Mayor Neil Sin­clair:

Awards for Ex­cep­tional Con­tri­bu­tion to the life of a school went to: Denise Hein, Tony Jones and Hine­hou Thorn­ton.

Rais­ing Maori achieve­ment awarded to: Chris Stokes, Keinan Ngapo and Hine­hou Thorn­ton.

Rais­ing Pa­cific achieve­ment awarded to: Aaron Matua, Mr Sonny ( Smi­ley) Aiono and Teoko­tai Tarai.

En­cour­ag­ing Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship awarded to: Heather Wil­liamson, Tr­ish Priscot ( Re­duc­ing Tru­ancy award) and Teoko­tai Tarai.

Long Ser­vice awards were given to: Ray­lene Som- merville, Kirsty Puke and Dr Trevor Bent­ley.

The Tru­ancy Aware­ness cam­paign was one of the initiatives run un­der the aus­pices of Toko­roa Youth Tri­als and in­cluded 2000 in­for­ma­tion packs dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies and tru­ancy vis­i­bil­ity stick­ers dis­played in shop win­dows.

The week was deemed a suc­cess and is planned to oc­cur an­nu­ally.

IT’S NOT OK . . . to miss a day’’: Am­bas­sador-Un­cle Bob Ti­aki, poster com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Leith McCloskey, Tru­ancy Aware­ness Week pro­ject man­ager Ngaroma Reti and The Rev Ti­mote Turu.

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