Waiheke Marketplace : December 15th 2010
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 15, 2010 NEWS For safety tips and info go to www.maritimenz.govt.nz or 0508 22 55 22 Look after your family, look after yourself MISSIONHALL MAR832 Double trouble times four Twin theory: Record numbers of twins have attended Waiheke Kindergarten this term. From left: Neela, Kenya, Tom, Lily, Jacob, Connor, Sam and Tom, all four-and-a-half years old. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Double trouble has quadrupled at Waiheke Kindergarten -- a record four sets of twins are set to finish this term at morning kindy. Identical twin girls Kenya and Neela Nor- man, with identical twin boys Connor and Jacob Coetzee and Sam and Tom Nicholson, are sharing their twin moments with non- identical twins Lily and Tom Bonfield. Kindergarten manager Mandy Ross says: I've been teaching for over 20 years and have never come across so many twins in one place.'' All of the twins are about four-and-a-half years old. The teachers have been getting a bit muddled up'', says kindy teacher Victoria Gray. With some you can tell the difference, but with others you just have to call one of their names and if they don't come, try calling the other name,'' she says. The twins have adjusted well to kindy. They have close friendships with each other and often play together,'' Ms Ross says. Keen to get their singleton friends in on the twin scene, Neela and Kenya dragged their friend Maddie toward the photo shoot saying, she's a twin too''. It seems everyone wants to be a twin at kindy. Prizegiving marks end of year Foster Cup winner: Njalesi Hoekstra receives the award for Junior Sportsperson of the Year from Waiheke High School principal Neil Watson. By JEROME GAVELLE Young high achievers, dedicated teachers, sporting triumphs and an increase in cultural interest were noted as something to celebrate on the last day of school. Junior students and their parents gathered for the 24th junior prizegiving in the Wai- heke High School Hall on Friday morning. The ceremony began with a Whakatau by teacher Pita Mahaki, fol- lowed by a blessing, and the national anthem con- ducted by music teacher Sarah McNabb. Waiheke High School principal Neil Watson paid tribute to the teachers. They are committed to unlocking their students' talents and to ensuring they have the skills, confidence and knowledge to progress and to take their place in society.'' He said the occasion was to recognise and applaud those students who had set goals and achieved them, and also to realise there had been others who may not have quite been able to reach their own goals. Mr Watson noted some outstanding achieve- ments of the junior students this year such as the Waiheke High School gymnasts who won the overall team championships at the recent New Zealand Secondary Schools Gymsports Champion- ships. He also paid trib- ute to the rugby players who brought back to Waiheke an Auckland championship for the first time in the school's history. Another high- light of the year had been rapid development of the school's choir pro- gramme and the increase in students joining the kapa haka group, he said. It is pleasing to see so many of our students involved in co-curricular activities,'' Mr Watson said. The principal then reminded students and parents of the import- ance of finishing school with enough credits to be able to enter tertiary education. Completing high school with Level Three is crucial for students in order to transition suc- cessfully into tertiary study or valuable fulltime employment.'' Waiheke High School has seen the first stage of the modernisation of the school buildings com- pleted this year, which included a new entrance and school hall. Preparations for further modernisation are under way. JUNIOR AWARDS First in Class and First in Subject awards were handed out to students in Year 7 to 10, as well as special Piringikau Awards. Below are the over- all awards. First overall in Year 7, Robert Hill Memorial Trophy -- Jasmine Appleton. First overall in Year 8, Soloman Cup -- Ryan Stickland. First overall in Year 9, Top Year 9 Cup -- Hayley Tuck. First overall in Year 10, GT Trophy -- Cassie McCracken. The Codling Cup -- Logan Mitchell. Leadership and Service in the Junior School, the Anne Wil- lmann Trophy -- Ebony Kitching. WCC Orators' Tro- phy -- Kate Wood- ward. Jassy Dean Year 9 Art Trophy -- Elly Mabey. Year 10 Art Award Painting -- Sophie McIntyre. Jade Coley Mem- orial Trophy -- Claudia Forsyth. Foster Cup, Junior sportsperson of the year -- Njalesi Hoe- kstra. Annew Audain Trust Cup -- Duncan Hat.
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