The achievement of Academic Honours was celebrated this term by the whole school community.
After a reading from Galatians (Ch 6, Vs 2 – 6) by Deputy Head Boy Leon Castle, students were reminded that they will reap what they sow. Mr Graham shared three steps to take to ensure a rich harvest by the end of the year:
(1) Be honest with self – Don’t be something that you are not, rather set your own goals based on your own skills and talents.
(2) Reflect on actions – Consider why you have set these goals, being mindful of God’s plan for your life.
(3) Get active – Sow what you have planted by remaining committed to the goals. Get rid of anything that is standing in the way of your success.
2011 Head Boy Samuel Brebner was the Guest Speaker. He reminded students of the school motto; Hold Fast to the Truth, sharing the way that this had set him up for success after leaving Aquinas College. His challenge was to ‘life life on purpose’, taking care of the physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects of self:
Mental – Be excited about learning and the good grades will follow.
Physical – Get plenty of sleep and exercise everyday.
Social – Spend time with people who build you up and avoid the ones that tear you down.
Spiritual – Pray every day, even if it is only for a few minutes. Faith will challenge you to change the world.
The Academic Honours Awards were read by Mr. Graham and and presented by Mr Dalton and Sam Brebner.
Special congratulations go to Daisy Vahey-Bourne and Lilli Scott for their outstanding achievements at Scholarship and NCEA Level 2. Daisy achieved Scholarship English as well as Excellence Endorsement in Religious Education, English, History and Biology. Lilli achieved Scholarship English, History and Physical Education as well as Excellence Endorsement in Religious Education, English, History, Economics and Biology.
(Lilli Scott stands with her parents Steve and Vicki).
Students and their families shared morning tea after the ceremony.
Congratulations to all the Academic Honours recipients for 2018: Honours 2018