Pupils’ leadership qualities recognised

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Schools in the Eastern Southland and West Otago regions have commended their year 5 to 8 leaders in the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Awards.
Blue Mountain College pupil Cheyanne Candy (13), East Gore School pupil Kaden Harris (11), Tuturau School pupil Kate Perkins (10), Heriot School pupil Elizabeth Lamb (10) and Longford Intermediate School pupil Haylee McCormack (12) were recipients of the award during term 2.
Each school wrote a citation about their pupil, as follows:
‘‘Cheyanne is a positive compassionate role model and she is a living example of the school values, inclusiveness, respect and responsibility.’’
‘‘Kaden has some leadership roles at East Gore School which he takes seriously, and completes all tasks fully.’’
‘‘Kate will succeed in whatever she chooses to do, inspiring others along the way.’’
‘‘Elizabeth can be left to instruct pupils of different ages on what it is they need to be doing, whether it be in the classroom or playground.’’
‘‘Haylee has a very ‘can do attitude’ and has been developing her leadership skills over her time at Longford Intermediate.’’
Forty-nine schools in Southland had an award recipient.
The Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Awards have been going nationwide for five years.
Westpac Gore branch manager Jo Wright said Westpac was proud to get behind cultivating the country’s up-and-coming leaders.
The pupils were nominated by their school as the best leader.
‘‘I know some of them had a very tough time doing it,’’ Mrs Wright said.
The pupils were good leaders in their school and had demonstrated great leadership characteristics in their school community, she said.
Pupils were presented with a prize pack, a certificate and a Sir Peter Blake Medal.
Sir Peter Blake Trust chief executive officer Shelley Campbell said this year’s nominations included stories of children who were natural leaders, had overcome shyness to lead assemblies and kapa haka, orhad given their time in the weekends to volunteer to community groups.