Grad­u­a­tion for young mums

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By JA­NINE BAALBERGEN

Waiopehu Col­lege’s teen par­ent unit He Whare Manaaki Tan­gata held its fifth Poipoia grad­u­a­tion last Thurs­day evening.

The girls grad­u­at­ing and re­ceiv­ing their awards for this past year lis­tened to a speech by Deb Wood, who, with An­nmarie Montague, was the driv­ing force be­hind the Teen Par­ent Unit five years ago .

Her life story be­gan pretty much the same way of most girls who at­tend this unit - be­ing very young mums with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

She told them to keep go­ing, not be­lieve life has ended for them just be­cause they had kids young.

“Any­thing is pos­si­ble if you put your mind to it,” she said. She knows...be­cause that is what she did.

A high­light was the hand­ing over of a patu to the win­ner of the Mate a One schol­ar­ship that honours the bond be­tween mother and child while apart.

The sym­bol for this award is a carved patu, made by Matua Dan Hooper.

Abby Saun­ders, who went to Out­ward Bound this year, handed the patu over to the win­ner for next year, Jes­sica Henry.

The patu is made from na­tive wood from Can­ter­bury and the de­sign is of East Coast ori­gin.

It refers to the grow­ing sapling (rep­re­sent­ing the child) into the mighty to¯ tara (rep­re­sent­ing the mother).

The unit’s kinder­garten gave an award to Ruth Raw­lines for her ef­fort at Aro­hanui kinder­garten, where she vol­un­teers.

Poipoia’s Awards for 2018 were: Al­trusa Lit­er­acy Award: Abby Saun­ders.

Lioness Club Award: Caitlin Estriech for tech­nol­ogy and Mi­caela Royal for lead­er­ship.

Hauora Award: Mi­caela Royal. NCEA Level One Ma¯ ori: Te Oria Riro­roko-Win­ter­burn.

The Sci­as­cia-Vick­ers NCEA Level One high­est qual­ity achieve­ment cup: Brie Moore.

Dave and Ann Stout NCEA Level Two high­est qual­ity achieve­ment cup: Jordin Daniel for achiev­ing 99 level 2 cred­its, 10 of which were at ex­cel­lence level and a Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Hos­pi­tal­ity.

Hi­hiri i te ma­hara or en­gage­ment award: Abby Saun­ders.

Barry Peth­er­ick high­est qual­ity level three achieve­ment cup: Abby Saun­ders, for achiev­ing 109 cred­its at level three and univer­sity en­trance.

Wariu or val­ues award: Mi­caela Royal. He Huarhi Trust Schol­ar­ship: Abby Saun­ders, who will study nurs­ing.

Mate a One schol­ar­ship that honours the bond be­tween mother and child, : Abby Saun­ders, who went to Out­ward bound.

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Guy Re­ichen­bach and Mi­caela Royal, who won the Wariu or val­ues awards.

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Poipoia head teacher Ann Stout with NCEA Level Maori win­ner Te Oria Riro­roko-Win­ter­burn.

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Head teacher of Aro­hanui Ot­talie Holme with much ap­pre­ci­ated vol­un­teer Ruth Raw­lines.

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