Thursday, 31 March 2011

Earning Their Colours

The following has been taken from the Principal's reflection in our latest newsletter. We will have a photo or two next week.

Our Colours Assembly was once again an important occasion where we honoured our academic heroes - those who attained Excellence Endorsement at Levels
1 and 2 in NCEA last year. The student body was congratulated for their overall superb success rates and they were reminded that two years ago, only eight students qualified compared to the 20 acknowledged on the day.

Recipients were:

Level 2
Jonathan Carey  -- 151 credits - 103 at excellence level
Joe Bracegirdle -- 149 credits - 82 at excellence level
Jarrod Bakker -- 128 credits - 66 at excellence level
Scott Busing -- 132 credits - 63 at excellence level
Kieran O’Donnell -- 145 credits - 59 at excellence level
George Grainger -- 125 credits - 59 at excellence level
Hadley Northcott -- 136 credits - 55 at excellence level
Joe Clarke -- 113 credits - 51 at excellence level
Patrick Forsythe -- 139 credits - 50 at excellence level
Tyler Fleming -- 131 credits - 50 at excellence level

Level 1
Sam Fastier -- 207 credits - 108 at excellence level
Jonathan Ritchie -- 200 credits - 102 at excellence level
Ken Imrie -- 206 credits - 83 at excellence level
GJ Pike -- 207 credits - 70 at excellence level
Aaron Kuriger -- 197 credits - 58 at excellence level
Jacob Klenner -- 205 credits - 56 at excellence level
Alistair Murray -- 196 credits - 53 at excellence level
Oliver Klups -- 197 credits - 53 at excellence level
Scott Alexander -- 185 credits - 50 at excellence level

These students deserve the praise of all of us since their example lifts the performance of all. Our guest speaker was former student Dion Tuuta, CEO of the largest consortium supplying Fontera in this province and a regular column writer in the Taranaki Daily News. He was inspiring.

Dion encouraged achievement stating that real mates will support and encourage their friends towards success, and that no one should walk out of the hall that day thinking that this is as good as it gets. He quoted a gutsy passage from Theodore Roosevelt that is worth reproducing here – “It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doers of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with sweat and blood and dust; who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat,”

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