Cromwell College principal Mason Stretch says he is “extremely proud” of a group of former pupils who turned heads at the Duke of Edinburgh gold award presentations last weekend.
Six former pupils received their gold awards from Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at a presentation in Dunedin on Saturday and it was special being able to witness the honour, Mr Stretch said.
“What they have completed is a statement of character and excellence and it is not easily achieved. It’s special for them, their families and our school.”
The women – Georgia Johnstone, Georgia Jackson, Dawn-Marie Williams, Kayla Green, Della Clark and Emma Smith, who had all been Cromwell College pupils when they worked towards the awards – made up the largest school representation at the Dunedin awards.
It was also the largest number of gold award recipients Cromwell College had ever had at a single ceremony, Mr Stretch said.
Dame Patsy Reddy said the award offered recipients a chance to learn life skills, make new connections and engage with communities.
“When you first started in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award, the prospect of receiving a gold award may have seemed a long way in the future. I’m sure there’s a great feeling of satisfaction that the moment has finally come and all the hard work and time spent has paid off.”
Other Central Otago recipients were Kia Wales, Dunstan High School; April Carter, Mount Aspiring College; and Laetitia Telford, Mount Aspiring College.