South’s award win­ning part­ner­ship

The Southland Times - - News - Ben Bootsma

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.’’

KAVINDA HERATH/STUFF

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.

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