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School Awards - December 2008

The closing of the school year brought two awards in Catholic Primary schools in memory of two Sisters of St Joseph.

The Sister Celine Award
Sister Marie Therese Geor, a former principal of St Joseph's School Levin, travelled with Sister Marlene Dunn, to present the Sister Celine award at the 2008 prizegiving on Thursday 18 December 2008.
 Each year the school recognises the work of the Sisters of St Joseph who founded the school in 1920.  In the words of the award “Sister Celine was a shining example of selfless work and compassionate dedication to the Catholic education of our children.”

The award is presented annually to the student whose faithfulness to the Holy Spirit shines in their school and church life.
 This year's recipient was Selau Masau, Year 8.

Ko tēnei te whakatauāki:
“Tama tū! Tama ora! Tama noho! Tama mate!”


Sister Marie Therese presents the award to Selau Masau.

The Sister Paula Brettkelly Cultural Award
Further down the coast at St Teresa’s School Plimmerton, an initial presentation of The Sister Paula Brettkelly Cultural Award for a Year 6 child was made.  Paula who died earlier in 2008, had been a pupil of this former Josephite School.
The principal of St.Teresa's, Plimmerton is Zita Smith (Driscoll) who is also a past pupil of the Sisters.

Paula’s brother Leo, and Sisters Josepha and Marie Roche were welcomed and invited to be part of the presentation of the award.   Teacher of Tikanga Maori, Shirley Kelland, spoke to the award and presented it.  She mentioned Paula and Leo being past pupils and Paula's recent presence in the parish and her interest in the children at the school.  Sinead Keane was the recipient – a Year 6 pupil who has just returned to NZ from Ireland and immediately immersed herself in Te Reo Maori / Maori Language.
The award is a carved taonga - like an unfurling koru - and this signifies the very young opening out and passing through the various stages of schooling at St Teresa's. So there are three small flax kete of knowledge – manaaki tanga,  whanau tanga,  and arohanui tanga.


Sinead Keane with her award, surrounded by Staff members, sisters and Paula’s brother, Leo.

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