Col­lege dom­i­nates top hon­ours

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Pu­taruru Col­lege can give it­self a pat on the back af­ter its stu­dents topped seven out of ten sub­jects of­fered through the Trades Academy’s sec­ondary ter­tiary pro­gramme .

Each year the academy’s sec­ondary ter­tiary pro­gramme, run through Toi Ohomai In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for Year 12 and 13 stu­dents to be­gin their ter­tiary stud­ies in se­lect sub­jects while si­mul­ta­ne­ously also com­plet­ing school with­out pay­ing ad­di­tional fees.

Im­pres­sively, Pu­taruru Col­lege had the over­all top stu­dents in Health­care [Abbey Ca­wood], Hair and Beauty [Ger­dien de Vries], En­gi­neer­ing [Mart Akkersma], Con­struc­tion [Isaac Mur­ray], Au­to­mo­tive [Caleb Mar­shall], Hos­pi­tal­ity [Daniel Arm­strong] and Lo­gis­tics [Kyle Hunt].

Phoenix John­son was also awarded most im­proved stu­dent in Con­struc­tion and Brit­ney Fowler re­ceived a spe­cial award for lead­er­ship and group par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The only ar­eas the col­lege missed out on were in Early Child­hood, Elec­tron­ics, and Sport and Ex­er­cise.

En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Mart Akkersma has trav­elled to Ro­torua ev­ery Fri­day to take part and put his win down to ‘‘do­ing all my work’’.

He en­cour­aged other stu­dents to jump at the op­por­tu­ni­ties the pro­gramme of­fers.

‘‘I want to get into ei­ther build­ing or en­gi­neer­ing so I put my name for­ward for this and as far as I know ev­ery­one who did got se­lected,’’ he said.

‘‘It was good to be able to get into be­cause it is a lot more prac­ti­cal and hands on than school and you meet a lot more peo­ple.’’

‘‘We did a lot of ma­chine work and safety was also big as well. It was good get­ting out of the school work­shop into an­other work­shop,’’ he said.

He said com­ing out as top stu­dent was an added bonus that will hope­fully help him se­cure an ap­pren­tice­ship once he fin­ishes school.

‘‘There were 15 in my class so it was good, I was stoked,’’ he said.

Six stu­dents from Pu­taruru Col­lege were also re­cently awarded the Univer­sity of Waikato School Leavers Schol­ar­ship Award Te Ara Ki An­gitu- Path­way to Ex­cel­lence. That in­cludes Joseph Bur­goyne-smith, Isla Mckin­non, An­nah Saies, Elis­a­beth Ste­gen, Brad Whare­hoka, and Therese White. Fam­ily vi­o­lence It has been a busy week for fam­ily vi­o­lence with 21 re­ports. Seven of these re­sulted in fur­ther po­lice ac­tion with some end­ing up in court and oth­ers be­ing re­ferred to Youth Aid.

These in­ci­dents have been fu­elled by var­i­ous things in­clud­ing al­co­hol, syn­thetic cannabis, cannabis, and re­la­tion­ship is­sues. Fire­works We had a cou­ple of fire­works re­lated in­ci­dents in Toko­roa in­clud­ing a mail­box be­ing blown up and a prop­erty fire which was most likely the re­sult of fire­works.

Four or five com­plaints were also made in Pu­taruru in­volv­ing chil­dren. Im­ma­ture be­hav­iour around fire­works is the rea­son why fire­works will likely, one day, be banned. Farm bikes It is that time of year when we see a rise in quad and farm bikes be­ing stolen. Make sure keys are re­moved and don’t leave them a mil­lion miles away from your house as they are an easy tar­get when there is no one around.

Pu­taruru Col­lege’s Mart Akkersma was one of the school’s seven top Toi Ohomai Trades Prize giv­ing stu­dents.

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