PREMIER PRIZEWINNERS 2012
Our annual senior prizegiving, held at the Lane Park facility on the evening of Thursday November 1, was a celebration of many successes in the academic, sporting and cultural fields for our students. Besides the prizes and awards, the evening also showcased some wonderful creative talent, including dance from Conor Masseuse, guitar from Michael Badart, piano by Trev Cavill, song from Aidan Flemmer as well as a Maori boys' quartet and kapa haka.
The dux for 2012 was Michael Badart who was first in Year 13 Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Physics and Maths with Calculus. Proxime Accessit to the dux was Stephen Stern, first in Graphics, 2nd in Chemistry, 2nd in Maths with Calculus and 3rd in both Maths with Statistics and Physics.
Top year 12 student was Aidan Wilson - first in Chemistry, Electronics, Physics and Mathematics. Alex Thomas won the Shirley Harris Cup for all round excellence with three subject firsts and national fencing awards.
The top year 11 student was Mekhala Anjaria with three first placings and three second placings, including Year 12 Chemistry. Jeli Mendoza won the Turner Family Cup for outstanding commitment in year 11 with three subject firsts and strong sporting and House credentials.
Premier service awards went to Isaiah Ratahi, Laura Beams, Tre Ratahi, Sam Robbins, Sean Bethell, Tamara Donnelly, Haruna Suzuki and Hannah Furmanneck. These awards recognise outstanding contributions to college life by young leaders and role models.
Emily Patterson (netball, volleyball and dragonboating) was sportsman of the year and Johnny Kapua (basketball, rugby, volleyball, table tennis) was Maori sportsperson of the year.
Large numbers of students won prizes and awards and this reflects the efforts so many have made to reach their potential and contribute to the successful operation of the college.
A TRIP TO THE KERMADECS
Tre Ratahi, a year 13 student, won a young environmental leader's trip to Raoul Island in the Kermadec group recently. This followed his participation in a national youth leaders' environmental forum in Auckland. Tre's group travelled on the HMS Canterbury to and from the Kermadecs, a trip of round 2 days each way. They spent several days on the island, observing and assisting in the work of trying to save endangered bird species and tracking other species under environmental threat. Tre loved the experience and is more committed than ever to supporting environmental causes. Some photos he took are shown below.
JON TOOGOOD COMES TO SCHOOL
Shihad singer and guitarist Jon Toogood came to Upper Hutt College on Monday August 6. He spent the day with our music students and workshopped a number of their compositions with them. Our students benefited greatly from his input and Jon told us he enjoyed the experience and the talent of our students. Many photos were taken with staff and students clambering for shots.
ABSENCE NOTIFICATION BY TXT
A number of parents and caregivers will be aware that we have recently installed an electronic early notification system, whereby our office staff are able to send out text messages where students are absent without explanation.
You are also able to let us know in advance of any absence by text. To do this, you text to 3255. Start your message with uhcol then leave a space, then type in the message explaining who is away and why. We do ask that you follow this up with a note for the form teacher once the student returns.