Nukutere College Year 11 student Terrisa Piri was yesterday named the Dux of the Year at the school’s prizegiving ceremony.
The sweet voice of Elijah Nootai singing the National Anthem with such passion and pride rang soundly at the Nukutere College prizegiving ceremony on Friday.
prizegiving mass was held in the morning at the St Joseph’s Cathedral before
the main event at the school grounds.
marked the graduation of Year 11 students who entered the school gate five
prestigious Nukutere College Dux Award went to Terrisa Piri.
said she was humbled to receive the prestigious award presented to the best
academic student of the graduating class.
hard and always think you can achieve anything,” said Piri, who is looking
forward to furthering her secondary school studies next year.
Nukutere College Year 11 students donate $6,000 for the school to Principal of Nukutere College Delaney Yaqona. 22112525
of the school, Jana Moemai received the respected and high distinction award of
Proxime Accessit (runner-up Dux).
amazed and proud. I have so much love for this school and it just feels amazing
having done all this effort and work, so I’m really proud,” said Moemai.
looking forward to next year. “I want to make everyone proud,” she said.
from the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) acknowledged the teachers and
parents saying they have been able to deliver the required education system and
standard. She said the prizegiving was a witness to this commitment.
Nukutere College Proxime Accessit, Jana Moemai and her proud parents Aitutagata and Louie Moemai. 22112515
again honour the achievements based on hard work, lets never forget that behind
the students receiving these awards today is a family, a community that has
supported them,” said Wichman.
of the chairman Eddie Drollet, Wichman extended the committee’s greetings to
the families and students.
peace of Christ keep you all safe this Christmas. We meet again in 2023 with
renewed hope and commitment, love and to serve our school,” said Wichman.
The Year 11
students also presented a $6000 cheque to principal Delaney Yaqona. The money was
raised from their fundraising activities including sausage sizzles at Prime
Foods held throughout the year.
contract as principal has been renewed for another three years.
our family, we may be a small school but we have a big heart,” said Yaqona in
graduating Year 11 students, he said: “You have been a handful to say the
least. However, in your own unique way each of you have given something back to
Nukutere College and for that you will always have my gratitude and the
gratitude of your school.”
closed off the proceedings speaking warmly of her respect and love for the
is where I have many memories that I’ll cherish forever starting from the first
college mass five years ago, to the last this morning.
been a place of love, care and support. Nothing can compare to that, Nukutere
is our family.
has allowed me to be who I am and I’m heartbroken having to leave all this love
Nukutere College Year 11 students Felisitas Fonorito, Talei Noovao Blake and Brett George. 22112527
we are faced with many challenges and struggles but because we believe in each
other we are able to overcome tough times.”
believes she has done her best for the school and acknowledged that without the
amazing team of prefects, and the deputy head girl Terrisa Piri, head boy Harry
Taripo and deputy head boy Tione Nand, the best would not have been achieved.
to the amazing teachers and teacher aides, Moemai said: “Thank you for always
pushing us to strive to the best of our abilities.”
inclusive education unit, thank you for always being my other family and always
supporting us in everything that we do. To my fellow students, thank you for
always giving me a hard time and stressing me out … you have all played an
incredible role in my life. And to the future prefects of the school, we wish
you well and God’s blessings.”
Nukutere College 2022 special and elite awards are: Te Tama Aruaru award:
Maeva-Rangi Browne, Excellence in English Harry Taripo, The Brother Ignacy
Mathematics Memorial award Terrisa Piri, Te Marae Ora Excellence in Science
shield Jana Moemai, Excellence in Cook Islands Maori award Tione Nand, Excellence
in Commerce Jana Moemai, Massey Mateariki Memorial senior leadership award
Tione Nand, Special Character award Jana Moemai, General Diligence Helina
Williams, General Excellence Jana Moemai, Proxime Accessit Jana Moemai,
Nukutere College Dux Terrisa Piri.
Head Harry Taripo received an Excellence in English among other awards. 22112528
Diligence award Talia Adams, 3rd
in Year 7 Maraea Wichman, 2nd Vainemoeroa Tauira, 1st
Tairatea Aue; Year 8 Diligence award Christina Tekii, 3rd in Year Tania
Teinaki, 2nd Leu Moemai, 1st Charles-Trevor Woonton; Year
9 Diligence award for Jade Cowan, 3rd in Year 9 Etukura Kirikava, 2nd
Noovao Noovao-Blake, 1st Elizabeth Akaruru; Year 10 Diligence award Aporo
Vano, 3rd in Year 10 Te Pa o te Rangi Tupa, 2nd Teuraarii
Macquarie, 1st Tuaanaore Mitchell.
awards: Junior Girls champion Electra Pauka, Junior Boys champion Tyler Emile,
Senior Girls champion Anna Kamikamica, Senior Boys champion for Tuakeu Paerau;
Overall sports Female champion of the year award Tehani Matapo, Overall sports Boy
champion of the year award Tione Nand, Overall house winners Edmund Rice and Peter