Wednesday December 6, 2017
Awards for outstanding young citizens
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By Julia Czerwonatis
True leadership and outstanding contribution to school life of our young citizens were recognised last Wednesday night at the Wellington North Primary Schools’ Citizenship Awards. The third annual award ceremony took place at the Johnsonville Community Centre where northern ward councillors Malcolm Sparrow, Jill Day and Peter Gilberd and the Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, honoured pupils for their social engagement. “It’s a great occasion and an event to really appreciate the children,” Malcolm says. “We heard stories of students who join the road patrol regularly, who like being on library duty or who are being helpful and thoughtful towards
others in need.” Awardees from year 6 included Abigail Norris from Johnsonville School, Kaitlyn Far from Churton Park School, Isabelle Silalahi from Newlands School, Miranda Chen from Bellevue School, Grace Buchanan from Amesbury School, Caty Kingsford from Rewa Rewa School, Holly McLaughlin from West Park School, and Jared Young from Paparangi School. Council also presented awards to year 8 pupils Arno Stil from St Brigid’s School, Lochlan Auelua and Aurora Riley-Ngatai from Newlands Intermediate. “It’s the schools that choose the students,” Malcolm explains. “In some schools, students have some input, in others it’s entirely up to the staff.
“The students then get given a letter from their teachers to inform them that they were chosen. “We heard that some children burst into tears because they’re overwhelmed. Others are simply chuffed and really excited.” Principals, class teachers and whanau members of the winning pupils attended the ceremony last week. Newlands College head boy Ben Murdoch addressed the young awardees with a speech and Justin Lester congratulated everyone for their achievement. Churton Park Community Association sponsored book vouchers for the young citizens. For the coming years, councillors plan to involve senior students who received the citizenship award when they went to primary school.
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Independent Herald 06-12-17