Waianiwa ex-pupils showing way with achievements

Little school punching well above its weight

Last updated 05:00 19/12/2013

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Waianiwa Primary School appears to be punching well above its weight.

The small rural school has marked a series of successes this year.

Celebrating its 150th year this year, it has also had four former students enjoy significant successes at their respective high schools.

Jennifer and Hamish Muhl, Adam Carter and Heather Christie have all been recognised for excellence at their respective schools.

Jennifer Muhl was named senior dux at James Hargest College, while her younger brother Hamish was junior dux at James Hargest.

Heather was dux at Southland Girls' High School and Adam has been announced the 2014 head boy at Southland Boys' High School.

Waianiwa Primary School principal Sue Walker said her school had 56 pupils and the successes of the four former students had "capped off" the year.

The achievement also reflected back on the school's push for education basics.

Ms Walker said many former students were excelling in sport and academics.

Having graduated high school, Jennifer and Heather have plans to further their studies next year.

Jennifer will study law and chemistry at Auckland University, while Heather will study health science at Otago University.

Heather said Waianiwa prepared her for year seven with its strong values.

"You meet a whole lot of people from many different backgrounds but the values I learnt here really prepared for me that."

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