Date: 11 November 2020
The highlight of the school year for many is the Senior Awards Ceremony, which is a formal celebration of the outstanding achievements of so many of our students. From the moment Sophia Vavia performed the Pao Whakatau calling the official party to the stage and the Maori Performing Arts students lead a Karakia and Waiata the audience was in their thrall.
In her opening address, Principal Deidre Shea explained how proud she was of our students and their many and varied achievements in a year that was unimaginable even a year ago.Throughout the disruption caused by Covid, our students adapted, connected with each other and their teachers for support and learning. This connectedness and relationship building is essential to the wellbeing of the OHS whanau. Ms Shea paid particular tribute to the members of our student councils who worked hard to find ways to support our students. Ms Shea’s full address is published on this website.
The award ceremony was vastly enriched by the Karakia and Waiata performed by the students in Maori Performing Arts, the school choir and Josiah Faaoga, Kyle Moodley, Danilo Tongia, Meliame Veni and Nanise Veni who performed 'Roots' by Six60. Michele Herewini, Sol Judicipa, Olano Khadija, Aeya Panceras, Jasmin Son, Rochelle Vaeteru and Kristin Williams performed 'One' a dance choreographed by past pupil Grace Leong, Miss Dobbie and the dancers. The music was arranged by year 11 student Dwayne Devoe-Matautia. The performance was wonderful.
Many talented and hardworking students were recognised for their achievements in three categories; academic excellence, outstanding effort and service to the school. Congratulations to all award winners.
A huge thank you must be made to all those individuals, groups and institutions who continue to support our young people by providing the many scholarships that we are able to award to deserving students to help them continue with tertiary study. We are very humbled by and grateful for your ongoing support of our students.
We would especially like to acknowledge the following award winners:
Jubilee Cup Maya Edmunds
Humanitarian Award Charles Amores
People’s Choice Award Elijah Belton
Dennie Walls Endeavour Cup Paw Moo
Year 13 Outstanding Academic Achievers: Holly Hu, Ali Lovatt, Reuben Smith, Lee Wong
The Head Prefects Maya Edmunds and Sione Tu'ifua reflected on their time at OHS.They observed how much their cohort had grown and changed as a result of the opportunities and challenges that they had faced. Both students are grateful for the friendships and camaraderie of their cohort. They thanked the prefect team, teachers and their Dean Ms Moore for their support and guidance.
The ceremony ended with the singing of the school song after which afternoon tea was served in the wharekai.
We wish to thank our graduating class of 2020 for the wonderful contribution that they have made to life at OHS and sincerely wish them well for the exciting journey ahead.
Kia pai tō haerenga.
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