Joshua wins award

First Hu­man­ity Awards

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Last Fri­day at a special as­sem­bly at Te Mata School Joshua Mass­ing­ham, was recog­nised in New Zealand’s first ever Fred Hol­lows Hu­man­ity Awards.

The awards, which were open to all Year 6 stu­dents through­out New Zealand, are part of a global move­ment cre­ated to ac­knowl­edge pas­sion­ate chil­dren striv­ing to make the world around them bet­ter — just like FredHol­lows did. This hu­man­ity was deeply ev­i­dent in the large num­ber of stu­dents that were nom­i­nated for the Hu­man­ity Awards from all through­out New Zealand. One of these was Joshua, whose nom­i­na­tion came from his deputy prin­ci­pal Heather Wilkie. She wrote:

Joshua is in Year 6 at TeMata School. He is a very ac­tive mem­ber of the Te Mata School Coun­cil. Joshua is an ex­tremely thought­ful and car­ing hu­man be­ing, al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to serve and im­prove the lives of oth­ers.

Re­cently he drove an an­tibul­ly­ing cam­paign at our school of close to 600 chil­dren and a staff of 40. When asked about his mo­ti­va­tion Josh said via our Face­book page . . . “Well I looked at the web­site and read a bit and it re­ally takes you by sur­prise about how much peo­ple are be­ing bul­lied. It’s crazy how much bul­ly­ing there is in NZ.” Josh spoke to staff to get their com­mit­ment, planned and lead the ac­tiv­i­ties, and com­mu­ni­cated with the wider com­mu­nity via news­let­ter and video.

One of the anti-bul­ly­ing ac­tiv­i­ties Josh planned was the mak­ing of friend­ship bracelets on Pink T Shirt Day. He pur­chased the ma­te­ri­als, made packs for each class and cre­ated a video to show the teach­ers and chil­dren how to make these. He ar­ranged for classes to sup­port each other, 11-year-old chil­dren work­ing with 5-year-olds so all could suc­ceed. The School Coun­cil ran play­ground games dur­ing the week that en­cour­aged chil­dren to play in­clu­sively.

Through his ef­forts, Joshua and the School Coun­cil raised over $1000 for Men­tal Health NZ. Josh is now onto his next pro­ject Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week 23-29th Septem­ber. He is beaver­ing away in the back­ground plan­ning how he can draw our aware­ness to this great cause.

Mean­while, Josh is also work­ing with the School Coun­cil to run a school disco in a fort­night. He has been busy paint­ing ban­dan­nas in his lunchtimes and taught the Coun­cil a dance to per­form at as­sem­bly next week to ad­ver­tise the disco. Ev­ery­day Joshua looks around and says “how can I usemy strengths, my tal­ents to serve oth­ers?” And he does it in a quiet unas­sum­ing hum­ble way. Te Mata School is so proud of Joshua and know he is go­ing to be a New Zealan­der that makes a dif­fer­ence to the lives of oth­ers.

Joshua Mass­ing­ham is con­grat­u­lated for his award at Fri­day’s school as­sem­bly.

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