The recipients of the first year scholarships were presented with their awards this week at formal dining. These scholarships are awarded to first year students who have demonstrated strong and successful participation and leadership both at school and in the community. Each of the three scholarships has a value of $1000.  BM Drayton commented on the high calibre of applicants who are a reflection of the pool of tremendous talent currently living and studying at College House.

  • Francis Pooke was the first to receive his award. As a former pupil of Hutt International Boys School, Francis excelled in science and was placed in the top 1% of students in this field. As an accomplished musician, he was awarded School Musician of the year and was a member of several school bands. Out of school, the tennis courts are where Francis enjoys his sporting passion. He was twice winner of the Wellington Region Division One competition and he coached at the Lower Hutt tennis club. Further afield, Francis participated in a World Challenge expedition to Nepal and his fundraising efforts contributed to the rebuild following the 2015 earthquake.
  • Alice Hoskins was next to receive her scholarship. She gained NCEA with excellence endorsements at level 1, 2 and 3 – a reflection of her dedication and ambition with regard to academic work while attending Selwyn College. Alice is an exceptionally talented sportswoman competing at national level tennis with a ranking in the top 20 players in her age group. She was a national competitor in the U13 and U15 basketball team in Auckland where she also managed to fit in time to captain both the netball team and the tennis team. Off the courts, she is a keen debater and a proficient flautist.
  • Ashana Rengasamy was the final recipient of the evening. Her teachers at Marlborough Girl’s college commented on her exceptional academic talents which were reflected in her NCEA excellence endorsement at levels 1, 2 and 3. Ashana has already demonstrated wonderful leadership qualities as both Head Girl and Head Prefect and she completed the Outward Bound Young Leaders Course in 2016. Dancing has played a large part in Ashana’s life. She is accomplished in Highland dancing, Irish dancing and ballet. Her extraordinary ability resulted in a national ranking and she was invited to perform at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

BM Drayton acknowledged that these awards are given in recognition of past achievements. He encouraged all students to embrace the ethos of College House by studying hard and achieving their goals as they move forward in the next stage of their lives.

Congratulations again to Francis, Alice and Ashana. 

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