Eleven young men and women from Otamatea High School were recently invited to King’s College, Auckland to receive their Gold Duke Of Edinburgh’s International Award from the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.
“It was with immense pleasure that Mr Wayne Maclennan, Mr Dirk Smyth and myself were able to attend this prestigious ceremony where ex students, Ayla Wehi, Tashae Paikea, Ruby-Rose Hallamore, Erin Mooney, Jessica Linton, Jesper Smyth, Connor Small and Kalani Wehi along with current head girl, Samantha Allen were presented their gold award,” said the school’s award leader Robyn Bruce.
Two students, Joshua Royds and Rita Hames were overseas and will receive their awards when they return. The gold award is the culmination of a four to five year journey from bronze as a 14-year-old.
“There is a great feeling of satisfaction that all the hard work and time spent completing each section has paid off,” said Robyn.
This year was a record for the school, in the number of young people receiving the gold award at once.
It was also the first time a current student, Samantha Allen, has received an award while still at school and the first time more than one family member has received the award at the same ceremony — Ayla and Kalani Wehi.