Re­gional Kiwi Can awards for Tok’ kids

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

Toko­roa kids Jet-li Ben­nion and Hay­ley Gage are proof that hav­ing the right at­ti­tude counts.

The Tainui Full Pri­mary School stu­dents have re­ceived re­gional awards dur­ing the an­nual Kiwi Can awards cer­e­mony held at The Gal­lagher Academy of Per­form­ing Arts at Waikato Univer­sity re­cently.

Jet-li re­ceived her award for show­ing re­spect and Hay­ley for build­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships as part of the na­tional val­ues and life skills pro­gramme that’s run in schools.

Pro­gramme fa­cil­i­ta­tors visit the Toko­roa school ev­ery Mon­day and Tues­day for hour long ses­sions promoting the likes of in­tegrity, re­spect, pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships, ac­count­abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Hay­ley said her award came as a com­plete sur­prise.

‘‘They thought I did well with al­ways hav­ing a smile on my face,’’ she said.

‘‘One of the things they taught us was even if some­one is hav­ing a bad day it does not make them a bad per­son and I re­ally like that a lot.’’

She said due to re­ceiv­ing the award her par­ents even al­lowed her to pick din­ner.

‘‘They said good job and said I was al­lowed to pick din­ner so I picked Mcd’s,’’ she said.

‘‘I was re­ally sur­prised to get the award, I didn’t think I was go­ing to get it, so I was so happy.’’

She said her sis­ter also re­ceived an award through the pro­gramme in 2015.

‘‘She said we are twin­sies,’’ she laughed.

‘‘I’m go­ing to put it next to her one.’’

Jet-li said she was equally as sur­prised to re­ceive her award.

‘‘I was shocked,’’ she said with a beam­ing smile.

As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Sol Henare said the school was proud of their ef­forts.

‘‘We are pretty chuffed as ex­cel­lence is one ex­pec­ta­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘The kids know an im­por­tant part of that is liv­ing it so re­ceiv­ing these awards and get­ting recog­nised is a pretty cool em­bod­i­ment of that.’’

The Kiwi Can pro­gramme is run through the Graeme Din­gle of our Foun­da­tion and is cur­rently reach­ing nearly 19,000 chil­dren in 95 schools through­out the coun­try.

The Stars pro­gramme is the equiv­a­lent of the pro­gramme run for Year 9 stu­dents as a way of help­ing them tran­si­tion from pri­mary to se­condary school.

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