Leader earns red socks
St Mary’s Putaruru student Hamish Dykstra was recognised for his active contribution to school and community as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Week.
In a school assembly last week, Hamish was presented with the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award which included a medal, certificate and a pair of red socks as a tribute to the slain sailor who helped New Zealand win the America’s Cup in 1995.
Principal Jenny MacKenzie described Hamish as a ‘‘natural leader with an unassuming presence. He gives his best in everything he does and is a true catholic leader of our school.’’
Westpac Putaruru manager, Jo Rist who presented the award said ‘‘These young people are the next generation of leaders. It’s important we honour and encourage them to build on their natural talents and abilities to develop their leadership skills at an early age.’’
Sir Peter Blake Trust chief executive Shelley Campbell said Sir Peter believed in young Kiwi’s potential to achieve great things.
‘‘ The trust encourages young New Zealanders to dare to dream and demonstrate great leadership, and the young leader award celebrates those who have achieved this,’’ Ms Campbell said.
‘‘This award is a great way to empower students who have leadership skills and helps develop their confidence, while providing a strong role model for their peers.’’
The award was presented in 160 schools across New Zealand. South Waikato District Council revealed that 78 dogs were impounded over the district between May 3 and June 15 of this year. Of that number 34 were euthanised, 36 have been claimed by owners and one dog was re-homed leaving seven dogs still impounded.
YOUNG HERO: St Mary’s Putaruru student Hamish Dykstra won the Sir Peter Blake Trust Week.