For the first time in Karamu’s 51 year history, the Dux of the school has been jointly awarded to Pien Kerckhoffs and Ruben Cash. Ruben and Pien are also Head Boy and Head Girl of the school. The pair have been in keen academic competition with each other all year and by the end, their marks totals were indistinguishable. Both of them were also the recipients of extremely prestigious Auckland University Scholarships worth $50 000 each.
Ruben was also awarded the Cup for General Excellence.
At Year 11 the General Excellence Cup went to Yahaira Williams and the Academic Excellence Cup to Coco Kerckhoffs. In Year 12, both the General Excellence Cup and the Academic Cup went to Justin Alsleben.
Sportman of the Year was Kim Rorrison and Sportswoman of the Year, Maia Wati-Cooper.
JonJoseph Scales, Year 10, has been selected for the Hawkes Bay Under-15 cricket representative team. He is an all-rounder for the school team, regularly scoring big runs and has a season best of 107 against Lindisfarne. In club cricket, where he plays for Havelock North, he plays more as a leg-spin bowler. He recently played in the Colts Tournament at Napier Boys High along with fellow Karamu cricketers Kyle Burlace, Finn MacKenzie and Toby Hunter. JJ is also an accomplished rugby player and was earlier selected in the Hawkes Bay Under-14 Rugby team as a lock.
Members of 10LT recently took part in the University of Otago Junior Mathematics competition. Special congratulations to Jaymie Wright, who returned the best results for the school and was placed in the top 200 New Zealand students. Mason Templeton and Sam Thorpe-Loversuch also received Merit Awards in the competition.
William Wilks, Year 10, won the 15-16 year old category of the National Bright Sparks competition at an awards ceremony held in Auckland in late October.
William won the award by designing Smart Beep, which can identify all 23 software versions of wildlife transmitters. This records information from the transmitters which previously had to be recorded manually. His invention has since been picked up by the four New Zealand companies that design and manufacture wildlife transmitters.
The project took him a year of work, fitted in around school commitments, including studying for NCEA. William has previously won younger age groups for his inventions including a Bluetooth toaster and an electronic mousetrap.
Karamu students produced some good early season performances at the annual Reading Shield/Lydiard Cup interschool athletics competition held at the Regional Sports Park on November 8th. Year 12 student, Maia Wati-Cooper threw well in both shotput and discus to win the Senior Girls’ title in both events. Maia will be representing Karamu in the Senior Girls’ discus at the NZSS Athletics Championships being held in Hamilton on December 7th. Our best wishes go with her.
In the high jump Zack Matthews, Year 10, was 2nd in the Junior Boys’ grade and Stanley Chilton, Year 11, made it a double with 2nd in the Senior Boys’ grade.
Once the seniors start on exam leave, the timetable is re-organized so that most academic work occurs in the mornings. The afternoons are spent on sport, options and house events. Congratulations to the newly appointed junior house leaders who will help co-ordinate the house events during Junior High. House events include house debating and tabloid sports. Houses are competing for the Karamu Junior High House Cup.
The new leaders are:
Te Mata: Mikel O’Connell, Jim Missen, Romaine Crawford, Emma Bone.
Heretaunga: Grace Nolan, Georgia Boyes, JonJoseph Scales, Finn MacKenzie.
Tukituki: Yvaan Hapuku-Lambert, Sam Thorpe-Loversuch, Madison Gaiger, Hannah Stiver.
Kaweka: Grace Lyndon, Isla Christensen, Wai Tupaea, Max Ward.
Absent from the photograph is Yvaan Hapuku-Lambert.
The winners of the Year 10 Speech Competition were announced at assembly on 15 November. The competition was won by Caitlyn Clark. Second was Georgia Boyes and third, Mia Braddock. The competition was held in front of all year 10 students earlier in the week and judged by Mr O’Grady. Eleven students competed for this cup and Mr O’Grady made the comment that all speeches were well researched and very persuasive, which made for a close competition.
Each year, Karamu holds a writing competition open to both senior and junior students. This year the competition had a new section, non-fiction, in addition to the usual poetry and prose sections.
Senior Fiction: 1st Madison Bowey, 2nd Madeline Ross, 3rd Coco Kerckhoffs, Highly Commended - Olivia Wilding and James French.
Junior Fiction: 1st Delaney Bates, 2nd Holly Foulkes, 3rd Pounamu Tipiwai-Chambers
Senior Poetry: 1st Amy Beard, 2nd Ruby Levett-Young, 3rd Aimey Tahu, Highly Commended - Sidney Woodhouse and Madeline Ross.
Junior Poetry: 1st Georgia Boyes, 2nd Mia Braddock, 3rd Nakitah Hall, Highly Commended - Holly Davison and Georgina McCallum.
Senior Non-fiction: 1st Natasha O’Neill, 2nd Pien Kerckhoffs, 3rd Trent Wehi, Highly Commended - Madeline Ross, Johannes Ehlers.
Junior Non-fiction: 1st William Wilks, 2nd Emma Bone, 3rd Jack Chamberlain.
Congratulations to all winners and place-getters. Special congratulations to Year 12 student Madeline Ross, who in addition to taking a place in all three categories of the Karamu competition, also won the youth section of the Central Region Society of Authors Short Story competition last month.
Year 11 debaters Jasmin Rorrison, Poppy Savage and Tiffany Buckley are the new Hawkes Bay Intermediate Debating Champions, after a close fought contest against Hastings Girls’ High School.
This team completed four rounds of debating undefeated and then entered a round of limited preparation debates against the other two undefeated teams before taking the championship.
Our second Year 11 team of Te Moana Bartlett, Yahaira Williams and Madison Bowey lost only one debate this year, losing narrowly to the eventual finalists, Hastings Girls’ High School.
Long serving staff member, Mrs Hilary Crawford, was honoured at the recent Hawkes Bay Secondary Schools with a Snapp Mobile Service to Hawkes Bay Secondary Schools Sport Award.
Mrs Crawford has been involved in netball at Karamu since 1984. She was teacher in charge of netball for many years, has coached teams and still acts as manager to the Senior Girls’ team. As well as attending all the games and supporting the team and coach, she is involved in seeing that teams are well-fed and mothered when away on tours and at tournament week. She is affectionately known as Nanny C by the girls.
Year 12 student Maia Wati-Cooper, was nominated for the Secondary Schools Female Sportsperson of the Year. She is a multi-talented sportswoman, excelling in numerous sports including touch, women’s rugby, basketball and ki o rahi, as well as athletics, but she did not receive an award.
Ms Veen, Whaea Pene, Matua Leon and seventeen students arrived back in New Zealand tired but exhilarated after spending two weeks in Japan. The students, a combination of Maori language and Japanese language students, enjoyed a taste of Japanese culture with visits to Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone Hot Springs and Tokyo.
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