Kaeo school wins special award
Kaeo School has been honoured for its outstanding contribution to making a difference in the lives of young people.
The school won the Outstanding Kiwi Can School Award at the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s 2017 Excellence Awards, held at Government House in Auckland on October 18.
The awards honour and celebrate outstanding young New Zealanders across all of the foundations’ programmes throughout New Zealand and has been running for almost two decades.
The evening was an opportunity to hear, first-hand, the positive impact the programmes have – not just on the lives of participants, but also of the mentors and volunteers who are the driving force behind their success.
Kaeo School Principal Paul Barker says winning the award acknowledges the excellent and committed work of everyone at the decile 2 school. His school has been involved in Kiwi Can programmes for 20 years and supports other schools from Mangonui to Matauri Bay, he says.
‘‘Kiwi Can not only supports what we do here at Kaeo, our culture and our values, but it adds and deepens our work.
‘‘It has helped to change and influence many children’s lives over the years....the programme’s values mirror those of our school, and that the children learn important skills that will hold them in good stead for the future.’’
Kiwi Can is a values and life skills programme designed for primary and intermediate school students. It reaches nearly 19,000 children in 95 schools around the country.
The awards evening acknowledged the accomplishments of 15 successful young Kiwis and celebrated more than 24,000 students, mentors and volunteers involved in the youth development programmes.
The Foundation’s namesake, mountaineer and outdoor education pioneer, Sir Graeme Dingle, says the awards are an important opportunity to showcase a select number of inspiring kids who exemplify the goals and values of the foundation.
‘‘The awards highlight not only some of the circumstances and harsh realities a lot of our Kiwi kids face, but most importantly, celebrates their courage and resilience to be able to come out the other side too.’’
Kaeo School Principal Paul Barker with students Shanelle Pilcher, Prisayis Poa and Jackson Himiona.