Cultural and Service Awards – 2017

The following awards were presented at Senior Prizegiving for cultural contributions and service to the school.

School Council Distinction Awards

School Council Executive Members

  • Dylan Jones – House Captain – Matai
  • Michael Chang – House Captain – Rimu
  • Rachael Wilson – House Captain – Totara
  • Matthew Bain- House Captain – Kowhai (Winners of Inter House Cup)

Academic Captain – Kiya Basabas

Kiya has set the tone for learning at Newlands with a positive approach to making learning fun. Highlights for the year were the staff vs student debate and family feud – both well organised and well attended events. Kiya hosted inter-house competitions and promoted peer mentoring and tutoring.

Te Ngatoroirangi Te Arawa – Ian Murray

This award is an award presented to a senior male student who has made a significant contribution to the development of Maoritanga in the school.

Rawiri Whanau Trophy – Ian Murray

This was donated by Mr Bill and Mrs Ann Rawiri and whanau.  It is awarded for leadership, helpfulness and exemplary example of cross cultural relationships.

Tohu Matauranga Maori – Ian Murray

This award is the premier Maori award and presented to the student who has achieved the highest standards in all aspects of endeavour.

Head Girl Trophy – Daphne Martinez

Daphne was given the privilege and deserved the honour to lead the students as Head Girl. Together with her role, Daphne has given selflessly of her time to a tremendously wide range of initiative and activities. Her contribution to Newlands College has been immense and impressive.

Head Boy Trophy – Benjamin Murdoch

Ben is an impressive young man with a sense of loyalty and great pride towards Newlands College.  He has risen to the challenge, has provided excellent service as Head Boy and his leadership has been highly respected and valued.

It is my opinion that Daphne and Ben have led one of the most influential, hardworking, passionate Executives and they have made a significant contribution to Newlands College.

Russell Free Memorial Award – Rebekah Tiongson

Awarded in memory of Russell Free, a former student, for outstanding service to Newlands College in an activity or activities that falls within the cultural category.

Rebekah is a co-leader of the Ukulele orchestra and the string orchestra. She is a member of the Northern Notes and contributed to the Winter Wander and the Spring Serenade. Rebekah’s support for the success of others was evident at the Spring Serenade where she was either accompanying the performer on the piano or page turned for almost every performance of the night. In that spotlight the audience could see the sheer delight and pride on her face for every performer’s success. Rebekah has also been a Peer mentor, an after school peer tutor and is a long serving member of the publicity team. For active learning, she was part of a group who hosted 6 difference classes from the Intermediate to teach practical Science lessons. She is currently working towards a diploma in Classical Performance in Classical Piano from the Trinity College of London (ATCL).

Rosenthal Trophy – Darren Wong and Liam Collins

The Rosenthal Trophy is awarded to the student who has contributed significantly to improving the College environment. This year there are joint recipients. 

Darren has dedicated three hours a week for many weeks of the year to enhance the learning of a junior student. He has not only helped that student be prepared for learning, he has made an outstanding difference to the learning of another with his dedication, patience and commitment – Darren is one of a number of our year 13 students who have spent time with junior students helping them with their learning – they have all made a difference. Darren receives this award as a leader of learning.

Liam has a tendency to say ‘yes’ to any opportunity that comes his way. His enormous capacity for work means he throws himself into these opportunities and has given back so much to the school. He is the founder of the Newlands College Officiating Squad (now with 40 members in the school) and has initiated and developed a range of sporting associated opportunities to his peers. This is not to mention peer support, peer mentoring, and his active learning project where he was part of a team that organised a 3×3 basketball tournament on Friday lunchtimes. While his vision of a quad converted into a basketball court for the final didn’t quite come off, his vision and passion has made a enormous difference to the Newlands College environment.

Gareth Valley Memorial Trophy – Tiarne Southon

This is awarded to the student who has achieved a high standard in academic subjects and in sporting/cultural activities.

Tiarne puts considerable heart into everything she does. After impressive Excellence endorsements for Level One and Level Two, she has continued to achieve at high levels this year and this has been acknowledged with the scholarships she has already gained as celebrated earlier. Her contributions continue to the school production as a cast member, Totara house representative, Shave for a Cure participant, peer support, peer tutoring and peer mentoring where she has gone above and beyond by supporting Year 9 Japanese classes on a regular basis. Her passion for sport is boundless with involvement in Dragon Boating and football. The later she has captained the first XI and coached the juniors. For active learning this year she designed a Newlands College sporting flag that travelled with teams on Tournament week. Tiarne has a presence that radiates positivity. She conquers challenges with courage and determination. Her empathy and resilience has given her the boundless potential to make a difference to others and achieve enormous future success.

Me Whakamatau – Charlotte Earle

This is for service to student welfare.

Charlotte has had considerable involvement in the school life this year. Cast member in Rock of Ages, the One Act Play competition and Shelia Winn; peer support, peer tutoring, peer mentoring, and Matai house representative. As co-leader of the Queer Straight Alliance they have been a significant voice in the school for inclusion and raising awareness of LGBTI+ needs. This has seen Charlotte publicise events like Pink Shirt Day and Day of Silence in assemblies, presenting proposals to the Board of Trustees and raising awareness in lots of small ways that have made a real difference to others. Charlotte works hard for the vision of inclusion for all people no matter what their gender or sexuality. Their passion for promoting student needs has helped to see the development of well-being in the school and made a real difference. Me Whakamatau.

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