Thursday, 26 November 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

MBAS prize-giving a celebration of opportunities

The annual Mercury Bay Area School senior prize-giving, held on Wednesday last week, was once again a celebration of all the opportunities students at the school enjoy.

In addressing the large audience gathered in the school gym, both Board of Trustees chairman, Dan Asquith, and principal, John Wright, referred to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 restrictions this year and how students and staff coped remarkably well with the challenges thrown at them.

As is customary, the four head student leaders have also shared their thoughts with the audience. All of them thanked an outstanding cohort of teachers for helping them to develop into the young adults they have become. They all spoke about the opportunities they have been given at the school and encouraged the Year 11 and Year 12 students in the audience to make the most of their school careers. Disappointments and triumphs featured in their speeches, as did their excitement about the future and the fact that irrespective where their journeys may lead in the years to come, Mercury Bay and Whitianga will always be home to them.

Head girl, Juliette Lidgard, will be studying law at the University of Otago next year. Head boy, Floyd Ross, is planning to embark on a business degree the University of Auckland while deputy-head girl, Anna Stevenson, will be studying physiotherapy at the Auckland University of Technology. Deputy-head boy, Sam McDonald, has been accepted into the New Zealand Defence Force and will commence training as a Naval Warfare Officer in January next year.

Pictured: All the students who received awards at the prize-giving.

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