South’s award winning partnership
Southland Girls’ High Schools partnership with New Zealand Aluminium Smelter was celebrated at an assembly this month.
The assembly, on Friday, was to celebrate the smelter’s energy awards win, the NZAS won the Community Initiative of the Year award.
NZAS Tiwai general manager Stewart Hamilton said the award showed both the schools and the smelters commitment to providing pathways into the engineering industry.
The award, from the Deloitte energy excellence awards, was given to the initiative because of the long term goals and successes of the partnership.
The partnership is in its 11th year and 49 girls have been through the smelters initiative.
Girls’ High principal said about half of those students went on to study engineering.
Hamilton said the partnership was positive for two reasons, the impact the partnership had on the girls and the opportunity to be exposed to an industry they might not have had the chance to see without the partnership.
‘‘It’s about what can the smelter and the school do.’’
This year the partnership has admitted four year 13 girls, they started this week at the smelter with an induction day. Hamilton said the girls would be expected to work towards goals set and with support from smelter staff would get to see the ins and outs of the industry. ‘‘It gives them a really good insight in to what the industry looks like.’’
Southland Girls’ High School students Korn Chulabha, Laura Dennis and Imogen Wyatt with Principal Yvonne Browning and NZSAS Tiwai general manager Stew Hamilton celebrating their Community Initiative of the Year award.