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Solway College

The annual prizegiving awards recognise top-performing students and farewell school leavers.

Students, prize winners, staff, and family attended the end-of-year ceremony.

Moana Papworth was named the 2022 Solway College Dux Litterarum winning the Burkhart Trophy and the Board of Trustees Award.

Vianne Downs was named Proxime Accessit and won the Marie Henna Memorial Trophy for exceptional leadership skills, school spirit, and involvement in school life.

Head Girl Mahony Puketapu won The Lawrence Thompson Memorial Bowl and the Solway College Korowai.

Lilly Stephens and Charlotte Kloeg won the Solway Cross for Christian Leadership and Service.

Hannah Walker won the Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence award.

Sheryl Chand was first in Year 12, Keri-Kima Lumukana was first in Year 11, and Natasha Appleton-Dyer was first in Year 10.

Neinke Mebus was first in Year 9, Violet Fisher was first in Year 8, and Scarlett Thompson was first in Year 7.

Principal Janine Tupaea said she was proud of the resilience the Year 13 students had developed and demonstrated.

“They took what the 2022 version of covid requirements threw at them all in their stride and pushed through to have a successful year academically.

“It was also a year full of all of the important opportunities and broad experiences that our Solway College holistic education provides,” Tupaea said.

Tupaea said she was proud of the school’s extensive list of regional and national sports and arts accomplishments.

“My message for all of our school leavers is to remember to take with you our To Matou ara Manaia – Our Solway Way values with you into your next chapters of life.

“Pursue your unique purpose, utilise your gifts and talents, serve others, keep God as your foundation, and be aspirational in all that you do.

“Head into your next chapter with your lights shining bright, and remember that you will always have your school family and another home to return to here at Solway College,” Tupaea said.

Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age who regularly writes about education. He is originally from Wellington and is interested in environmental issues and public transport.

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