Showing potential earns pupils prizes
Fifteen Picton School pupils were awarded for their sporting prowess, academic excellence or general community spirit at the school's prizegiving last week.
Teacher Helen Boudier led the awards ceremony in front of about 100 family and friends in the school hall on December 12.
Mainfreight Blenheim manager John Cleary presented the school's top prize, the Mainfreight Duffy Award for excellence in attitude and academic achievement, to Hannah Miskell, along with a history book.
Daniel Baxter received the runner-up award and a voucher donated by the Picton School Action Squad.
Ms Boudier said both students demonstrated keen potential.
"They have inquiring minds and are capable of leading their own learning.
"Both are quick to undertake research and are also willing to share their knowledge and skills."
Erin Bunt was awarded the E for Effort Cup.
Ms Boudier said Erin had a learning difficulty, but had a positive attitude towards her education. "Being dyslexic is a real and constant challenge [that] requires extra effort and energy.
"It can prove frustrating and demoralising, but Erin has the right attitude to succeed.
"Erin has had support in the classroom and is highly regarded for reciprocating that assistance by always doing her best."
Principal Alister McCosh congratulated all the pupils and said successful education needed a partnership between the school and parents.
"We can't achieve our vision of children becoming good citizens without parents playing major roles."
The school's mission was to continue to succeed despite harder requirements being placed on it by the Ministry of Education to cover topics such as puberty, healthy eating and cyber safety, which used to be taught at home, he said.
Full awards list:
Mainfreight Duffy Award for excellence in attitude and academic achievement winner: Hannah Miskell. Runner-up: Daniel Baxter.
Mr Samuela Memorial Award: Nicholas Coburn and Hallie Graham.
Ivamy Cup for Sportsmanship and sports awards: Jack Schumacher and Billie Watson.
O'Rourke Key Competencies Cup: Billie Watson.
Curtis Piper Award for striving for goals: Meg Olsen.
Ivamy Sports Awards: Jack Schumacher and Billie Watson.
Sugar Tipu Community Spirit Award: Ashleigh Rossiter and Kristina Gibbs.
The Picton School Action Squad Helpfulness Cup: Shyanne Jones and Phoebe Huntley.
E for Effort Cup: Erin Bunt.
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