Young South Canterbury leaders recognised with Sir Peter Blake awards

Celebrating her leadership award with her classmates at Oceanview Heights School is Crystal Mehrtens, centre, with her ...
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Celebrating her leadership award with her classmates at Oceanview Heights School is Crystal Mehrtens, centre, with her Sir Peter Blake Young Leader award.

Seven South Canterbury children have just been presented Sir Peter Blake awards for leadership.

The awards were presented to the children during leadership week, July 1-8, to acknowledge outstanding leadership skills.

Oceanview Heights School pupil Crystal Mehrtens, Emma Ross of Fairlie Primary School, Harry Murphy of Glenavy School, Amie MacLennan of Twizel Area School, Liam Donald Alexander of Waihi School, Kayla Briggs of Waimate Main School and Jack Cotter of Winchester Rural School all received 2016 Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Awards.

Eleven-year-old Crystal Mehrtens, centre, shares the story of Sir Peter Blake with her Oceanview Heights School ...
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Eleven-year-old Crystal Mehrtens, centre, shares the story of Sir Peter Blake with her Oceanview Heights School classmates, Aaliyah Pairama, 11, and Arzliea Smith, 11.

Crystal Mehrtens, 11, said she was excited to receive the award.

After winning the award, Crystal told her class about Sir Peter Blake being a New Zealand sailor who travelled around the world and won the America's Cup twice.

Teacher Janice Carter said Crystal had been nominated for her "outstanding" leadership skills.

"She is an outstanding role model to young children, she leads by example and is an active participant in extra curricular activities," Carter said.

Crystal consistently exemplified the school's motto, co-operation, achievement, respect and encouragement, she said.

"One of the most beautiful things about Crystal is she does these things naturally, she doesn't need to be told."

Crystal helped with road patrol, was a peer mediator and had a "very positive" peer relationship with all of the children in the school, Carter said.

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"She's an excellent role model ... extremely reliable."

She had also taken part in the 40 Hour Famine raising money for the charity.

"She takes advantage of all opportunities that come to her."

"She's just one of those all-round kids that you see blossom and bloom, and you know what kind of adult they're going to be, she's going to be a caring and responsible, kind person."

The Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Awards were given to pupils in Years 5 to 8 at 460 schools across New Zealand. The awards acknowledged young people whose outstanding leadership helped to uplift their school community, a Sir Peter Blake Trust representative said.

 - Stuff

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