Every year we hold our school Prize Giving at Rongo-maraeroa-o-nga-hau-e-wha, Army Marae. This is a very special day for our whole school. Below is the Principal’s speech to the Year Eights, and the Korowai Holder’s speech to the new 2016 Korowai Holder. Below that are our award recipients for 2014.
It seems hard to believe. Our year started off at a sprint and it seems to have left many of us still trying to catch our breath. But my, what a wonderful year it has been. A year of challenges met, mountains climbed and summits conquered!
To our Year Eight leavers seated in front of us today l – we are immeasurably proud of each and everyone of you.
Some of you have been with us since you were five years old, which is a very rare thing here in little old Waiouru.
Some of you have come to us part way though your primary school career, and I am always amazed at your resilience as settling so quickly into our own special part of Aotearoa.
And now were are here at the end of your primary school days and it seems that all of you have grown wings and you are soaring over the obstacles and challenges that crossed your path. It is a wonderful gift and one that never fails to amaze me.
And although sometimes, not everyone’s wings may function fully everyday- each and every one of you had feet – feet that you used to climb, bit by bit every day, one day at a time and yes…you all got there. You all achieved your goals!
I hope that this determination to be the best that you can be continues on with you all as you progress through your high school years and later in your life. You are ready for the next step. I ask you as you prepare for this next step to do a few things.
First, I ask you to take this chance to dedicate yourself to making the next year even better. Remember that you don’t have to follow the crowd.
Do the right thing, even if no one is looking.
Study hard and remember that you’re investing in yourself with every book you read.
And finally, don’t be in too big of a hurry to grow up. These are some great times in your life. Don’t rush past them.
There are great things coming, and just as your parents are proud, each one of you should feel proud of yourself.
So congratulations to all of our year eight school leavers, congratulations to the parents, and finally, congrats to the teachers and everyone else who helped our graduates reach here today.
The Korowai Holder’s Speech:
A very good morning to you all, the teachers, the parents, and to you the students thank you for giving me the opportunity to be the Korowai Holder of our beautiful school Waiouru Primary.
Firstly I would like to thank the principal Marama and the staff of Waiouru Primary School for having trust in me to be the Korowai Holder for this year.
Being Korowai Holder was the most amazing experience for me, it was both challenging and enjoyable, being Korowai Holder isn’t just about giving speeches it’s about showing leadership, respect, kindness, discipline not just around the school area but everywhere you go and to everyone you meet because when you’re a given a role to play like being the Korowai Holder there also comes great responsibilities. It’s being a privilege being the Korowai Holder for this year and I’m really honored to be.
I am thankful to the stuff for helping me carry out my responsibilities through out the year. I am also thankful to the students for their willingness to obey and follow my instructions.
To the incoming Korowai Holder I wish you all the best you all the best for next year 2016 and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year.
Thank you Rejoice Vitata.
2015 Awards and Cups
Technology Award: Cullen Cross (Highest Achievement) and Te Te Taumata Nelio (Most Improved)
S & M Vine Fairplay Cup: Junior – Johnson Brown and Zinadarne Taumata-Niania-Taputoro; Intermediate – Aaliyah Taputoro-Duncalf; Senior – Brodie Kahukura
Wanganui Savings Bank Cup for Helpfulness and Cheerfulness: Junior – Nevaeh Stephens; Intermediate – Ethan Reid; Senior – Rejoyce Vitata
Waiouru Primary Sports Cup Midget: Boy – Kori Rata; Girl – Mereana Wharewera
Waiouru Primary Sports Cup Junior: Boy – Sam Bliss; Girl – Liz Vitata
Waiouru Primary Sports Cup Intermediate: Boy – Cullen Cross and Jeremiah Mihaere; Girl -Ella Winter
Waiouru Primary Sports Cup Senior: Boy – Timothy Browne; Girl – Rejoyce Vitata
Waiouru Primary School Most Promising Cross Country Runner: Sam Bliss
Harding Trophy For Excellence in Computer Skills: Isaiah Theodore
Rongo-marae-roa-o-nga-hau-e-wha Taonga for positive attitude towards Te Reo and Tikanga Maori: Victoria Bethell and Mackenzie Hulena
Joe Pohatu Prize for Cultural Leadership: Nasi Manu
Waiouru Enviro Cup: Amelia Bethell and Elaina Vine
WPS House Shield: Ngauruhoe
Waiouru School Academic Achievement Cup for Best Overall Academic Student: Isaiah Theodore
Korowai Holder 2016(School Leader): Cullen Cross
Year One: Caitlyn Hughes
Year Two: Michaela Parker
Year Three: Harry Alexander
Year Four: Mackenzie Cole
Year Five: Jordan Wiseman
Year Six: Shelby Carey
Year Seven: Mackenzie Hulena
Mana Class Certificates
Most Improved: Gabriel Theodore
Love of Learning: Rejoyce Vitata
Respect, Honour: Brodie Kahukura
Rangatahi Class Certificates:
Most Improved: Teina Rata
Love of Learning: Kayla Jordan
Respect, Honour: Jeremiah Mihaere
Minions Class Certificates:
Most Improved: Jamie Taitoko
Love of Learning: Breeanah Tweeddale
Respect & Honour: Andre Edmonds
Cheetahs Class Certificates:
Most Improved: Ruby Alabaster
Love of Learning: Josie Alexander
Respect, Honour: Anika Stace
Ninja Rata Class Certificates:
Most Improved: Nico Mildon-Cant
Love of Learning: Oliver Bliss
Respect & Honour: Ariki Brown
Pukeko Class Certificates:
Most Improved: Gabriella Callaghan
Love of Learning: Duncan Beckwith
Respect & Honour: Emma Hutson