Niki Smith was overwhelmed to receive the Apii Arorangi Year Dux of 2019 trophy.
“I'm very happy, I've worked hard and have enjoyed my years of education here since Grade 6,” the 13-year-old said.
Smith offered words of encouragement to younger pupils: “Never stop trying, don't let anyone put you down, and study hard.
“It’s wonderful what our school has done for us, in shaping our lives.
“To the teachers, thank you for your nurture and care, and to the younger kids, the journey of school may seem long but I promise you, before you know it, you'll be sitting in this front row wondering where the years have gone.”
She acknowledged the school and class mates who have been by her side through her years at primary school.
Year 4 awards:
Overall best attendance Rimaongo Teiho
Most improved Apao Smith
2nd runner-up academic student Rimaongo Teiho and Parekura Phillip
1st runner-up academic student Victoriano Anselmo and Kurangi Murare
Overall academic student Edon Teraitua.
Year 5 awards:
Best attendance Lana Aperau Toa
Most Improved Nanny Aurupa and Tangi Tangapiri
2nd runner-up academic student Niva Malcolm
1st runner-up academic student Lana Aperau Toa and Lahaina Henry
Overall academic student Teraipoia Heather
Year 6 Intermediate awards:
Best attendance Teremoko Tiputoa
Most Improved Jacob Rea/Allan Murare
Runner-up senior sports girl Alexia Kareroa
Senior sports girl Danielle Arona
Runner-up senior sports boy Tana Raina
Senior sports boy Augustine Teraitua
2nd-equal runners-up academic students Hiriaterau Pitomaki and Lareina Makirere
2nd runner-up Dux Hiriaterau Pitomaki and Lareina Makirere, intermediate
1st runner-up academic student Ltvea Lupelause Hewette
1st runner up Dux Ltvea Lupelause Hewette, intermediate
Overall academic student for Year 6 Sera Tuivaga
Intermediate Overall Dux for Apii Arorangi Sera Tuivaga.
Senior Awards Year 7:
Best attendance Jeremiah Kaimarama
Most Improved Rangi Teau
2nd runner-up academic student Taeanga Kokoria
1st runner-up academic student Genesis Atai, Year 7
Overall academic student Jeremiah Kaimarama.
Niki Smith and Teupoko Tuariki received the trophy that is awarded to the student who meets the values of Apii Arorangi through tough times, has a never give up attitude, academic, is respectful, organised, resourcefulness, humble, caring, goal oriented and has integrity.
Senior special awards Year 8:
Best attendance Teupoko Tuariki
Most improved Rowland Mateyawa
Runner-up senior sports girl Teupoko Tuariki
Senior sports girl Niki Smith
Runner-up senior sports boy Daniel Koteka
Senior sports boy Rowland Mateyawa
2nd runner-up academic student TeAtarua Raina
2nd runner up Dux TeAtarua Raina
1st runner-up academic student Teupoko Tuariki
1st runner up Dux Teupoko Tuariki
Overall academic student Niki Smith, Dux for Apii Arorangi 2019 Niki Smith.