The senior students were showered with freshly-made ei and hugs and kisses from proud parents and families after being awarded with sports, academic and service achievements.
A number of students were presented trophies and certificates, and this year Levan Auora was awarded the Dux, and first runner-up went to Jasmin Naslund.
The two students both excelled in their subjects offered by the college.
Deputy principal Delaney Yaqona said regardless of how the year has progressed, he always feels a sense of pride for the students during prize giving.
It is a time of celebration, he adds.
“It is a celebration of everything that they have done right. Therefore, the day was filled with feelings of joy and accomplishment.
Yaqona said it had been a difficult year, with plenty of attention given to keeping the students focused on their studies.
“As teachers, there is only so much we can do and control in our students’ lives.
“The key is to ensure that their parents are kept well informed so that they too can implement consistency at home.
“In saying that, there are some positive results coming through,” he said.
Yaqona encouraged the students to always reflect on the past and use the lessons learned from it to navigate the future.
“As you get older, it will become more and more important for you to find your feet in life and make solid decisions,” he said.
Nukutere College farewells all the Year 11 students and wishes them all the best for their future.