Gabrielle Salmon, Baradene College
Baradene College Auckland: Gabrielle Salmon has become the World Junior Champion in rhythmic gymnastics at the World Down Syndrome Gymnastics Championships in Germany. Gabrielle came 1st in all her Individual Events, (ball, clubs, ribbon, and hoop).
Zosia Herlihy-O’Brien and Emily Carr are finalists at the National Chamber Music Contest.
Trelise Dance, Baradene College, Auckland
Trelise Dance has been named in the Swimming NZ National Squad for 2018/2019.
Samantha Milicich (Y12) has been selected in the NZ Waterpolo Youth team to play in the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships being held in Serbia.
Elyse Tse has been selected to represent NZ at the ITF Oceania Regional Tennis Championships in Fiji.
Kaatje Umker placed 1st in the CSG Classic artistic gymnastics competition and has been selected in the NZ artistic team to compete at the Perth International Competition.
Frances Jonas has been selected for the NZ U17 Girls’ Indoor Cricket team to play at the World Series in Christchurch.
Natalya Carter has been selected for the NZSSAA Cross Country Team to compete at the Australian and All Schools Cross Country Championships in Australia.
Amelia Smith has become the NZ National Karate Champion in the 12/13 year age group.
At the NZSS Orienteering Championships the year 7/8 girls team came away as the Top Girls School.
At the Futsal Nationals the U14 Auckland team won the U14 division. This team included three Baradene College players, Olivia Page, Ruby Nathan and Gabriella Abraham. Olivia Page was awarded the MVP for the U14s.
Siobhan Higgott is representing NZ in the 420 Sailing World Championships.
Vika Koloto (Y12) has been selected into the NZ Secondary Schools Netball team.
Carmel College, Auckland: Maddison Ryan was selected to take part in the UN Youth Global Development tour next year. She is one of 22 students selected from across New Zealand.
Ava Fitzgerald has been selected to represent NZ in Artistic Gymnastics.
At the Pan Pacific Youth Festival Water Polo Competition Sarah Stewart was a member of the Gold Medal winning North Harbour U20 team. Sarah Stewart, Robyn Spark, and Heather Lock were members of the Gold Medal winning North Harbour U18 team. Sarah Stewart was nominated for the MVP of the U18 tournament.
Grace Stephen, Moira Macdonald, Sam Rooke and Darcy Spark represented North Harbour Waterpolo in the Hawaiian 50th invitational tournament in Honolulu. The girls played in the U14 division and were also entered in the U16 division. They had outstanding games against Hawaiian, USA mainland, and Australian teams, remaining undefeated and winning Gold medals for the U14 and U16 divisions. Darcy Spark was awarded tournament MVP for the U16 division.
D’Angelo Alsabie, St John’s School, Mairangi Bay
St John’s School, Mairangi Bay: D’Angelo Alsabie was Junior Division Winner at the 2018 Champion of the World Performing Arts Competition.
St Peter’s College, Auckland: Jamie Laing and Kyle Sterne (Y12) attended the National Chinese Speech Competition and their cultural performance (Xiang sheng – a re-enactment of a traditional Chinese talk show) was awarded the “Best talent” prize. They received $500 in prize money and were awarded a scholarship of a fortnight trip to China in December. To watch Jamie and Kyle’s performance click here.
Jamie Laing (Y12) also won first prize in the National Chinese Speech Competition and will now represent NZ with three other students at an International Competition in China. Ms Zhang won best coach and will accompany the students as coach of the NZ team for this competition.
Brodie Cox (Y12) represented NZ at the World Archery Oceania Champs in Noumea, winning two silver medals.
Marcellin College, Auckland: Adam Niziol represented NZ in archery at the Oceania Championships in Noumea. There were 92 archers from nine countries competing. Adam had an injury but worked through this to achieve two bronze medals.
Tray Luckie Lolesio, Marcellin College
Tray Luckie Lolesio captained the U16 Toa Samoa NZ resident rugby league team against the U16 Kiwi team.
Liston College, Auckland:Michael Kennedy participated in the Otago University Junior Mathematics Competition and received a score of 99%, placing him first in NZ.
Nathan Lobo has been selected for the NZ U17 Football team to compete in the Solomon Islands.
Evangel Lo Tam was part of the Waitakere U15 Basketball team that won the NZ National U15 Championships.
St Mary’s College, Auckland: Ashani Waidyatilake (Y10) won the 2018 Wallace National Junior Piano Competition. She also won the award for the best performance of a classical sonata.
Emily McIvor was presented with the Queen’s Guide Award by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.
Kyla Alexander (Y13) competed at the NZ Open Swimming Championships and qualified for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships. She has also qualified for the NZ team for the Youth Olympic Games. Mackenzie Hiebendaal won two gold medals at the Gold Coast Open Taekwondo Championships.
Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton: Kayla Goodwin (Y12) has been selected by NZ Athletics to compete at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina. She will represent NZ in the Triple Jump. She broke the previous record earlier this year with a jump of 12.62m. She also broke the U17 Heptathlon record this year with 50017 points.
Eva Zylstra has been selected by Hockey NZ as a Junior Black Stick.
Sophie Daborn was selected to compete at the Taekwon-Do World Cup.
Mikayla Wildermoth, Sacred Heart College, New Plymouth
Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth: Mikayla Wildermoth (11 years) was selected for 2018 Australia National Arabian Youth Championships (link here).
St John’s College, Hastings: Rhyva van Onselen competed at the Oceania Champs for Taekwondo, placing 1st in Sparring and 2nd in Patterns. Rhyva qualified for the World Cup in September.
Chanel College, Masterton: Jack Lewington placed 2nd in the Junior Para Boys 2000m final at the NZSS Cross Country Championships.
Jack Tetley, St Bernards College, Lower Hutt.
St Bernard’s College, Lower Hutt: Student Jack Tetley (Y9) featured in the Education Gazette (13 August 2018) for his volunteer work at the Island Bay Marine Centre. The article noted that he has attended the Trust for Sustainable Living 2018 Schools Essay Competition and Debate in the Seychelles. His essay focused on the over-use of plastic. He was the only New Zealander to enter and win at the competition (link here).
St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie: Parents organised a Ball on a Budget event which was about making the Y12 and Y13 ball more inclusive and affordable for everyone (link here).
Cardinal McKeefry School with Prime Minister Ardern
Cardinal McKeefry School, Wellington: Students Rian, Gerardine and Maddie, who wrote to Prime Minister Ardern about rubbish, plastic and the impact of waste on the environment, were invited to speak at the Prime Minister’s announcement that plastic bags will be phased out over the next year (link here).
Christ the King School, Christchurch: was one of the schools whose work was highlighted in an article in the Education Gazette on 27 August 2018, Parent-School partnerships key to increasing achievement (link here).
Villa Maria College, Christchurch: Bridie Restieaux won first place at the NZ Cross Country Championships in the (U13) Girls.
Olivia Burnham, Georgia Stroud, Villa Maria College, Christchurch
Olivia Burnham (Y12) and Georgia Stroud (Y13) have been selected for the NZ Secondary Schools netball team, which will compete against English and Australian U17 teams.
Marian College, Christchurch: Maria Ilalio won the National FAGASA Samoan speech competition for Year 9 students. The topic for the competition was ‘Kindness given, kindness gained’ (link here).
Kaylee Jackson competed in the NZ Open Swimming Championships winning a gold medal in the Open 50m breaststroke, breaking the Canterbury Open record which has stood since 2005. Kaylee also won a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke.
St Joseph’s School, Fairlie: Archie was judged as the NZ first place winner of the Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Global Art Contest. The judges loved his artwork because of its creativity, use of bright colours and for the way it captured the theme of “Why my bright smile is important”.
Cathedral College, Christchurch: Annemarie Lipp (Y13) won a silver medal in the Team Pursuit event at the World Track Cycling Championships.
Megan Shea, teacher, Cathedral College, Christchurch
Teacher Megan Shea represented NZ in Korfball in Japan. The team’s performance in Japan qualified them to attend the World Championships in South Africa in 2019.
Roncalli College, Timaru: Jan-Hendrik Kuepper (Y12) went to the Netherlands, representing NZ at the Inline Speed Skating World Champs.
Kavanagh College, Dunedin: Baiyok Arunya (Y13) recently starred in a video to promote New Zealand Education in Thailand. Baiyok, plus many other Kavanagh students and staff, was filmed at school and the resulting Education NZ video will be used online and in trade fair campaigns from September. The advertisement was posted on YouTube.
Luca Holloway has qualified for the Grand Final of the NZ National Spelling Bee.
Michael Louw-Young competed at the NZ Jnr and Youth Darts Championships. With her results from this tournament she was selected to the NZ Junior Rep team. She is now ranked 4th in NZ.
At the NZ U21 Curling Nationals the team of Temika Apuwai-Bishop, Grace Apuwai-Bishop, Courtney Smith, Mharie-Bronte Duncan and Emily Armstrong won the Women’s gold medal.
Jayden Apuwai-Bishop (Y11) was named a member of the Men’s Gold Medal curling team.
Hunter Burke who won the Seniors Men’s and Open Doubles event at the NZ Luge Championships.
At the NZ Opens (Open Age Group) Swimming meet 14 year old Erika Fairweather broke three NZ age group records for the 100m 200m and 400m Freestyle and won silver in the 200m and 400m and 400m Individual Medley. She has qualified to represent NZ in the Junior Pan Pacific Games and also the World Youth Olympic Games.
Verdon College, Invercargill: Musician Gabriel Lal (17 years) was invited to open Stan Walker’s New Takeover Tour show in Invercargill (link here).