Rural Women New Zealand has been involved with Te Kura (formerly The Correspondence School) for decades. The Rural Women New Zealand Golden Jubilee Prize began for general excellence and attitude to schoolwork for a student living in a remote area.
National President Wendy McGowan and Executive Officer Noeline Holt attended the awards on 4 December 2013 in Wellington. Didi Hughes and Jack Williams were awarded the RWNZ prize this year.
Didi is a year 12 student living in Tokomaru Bay, where she helps her parents run a small B&B while still completing all her work on time and of a high standard. She shows a real knack for horticulture – she has a productive vegetable garden; and writing – receiving runner up in the National Secondary School Poetry competition earlier this year.
Jack is a year 8 student from the isolated rural area surrounding Manganoui. He excels in mathematics and science, earning 16 credits in maths at level 1 and a further 12 numeracy credits in his science programme; both awarded with either Merit or Excellence. These skills have been translated into building a great working model of a marble drop.
For more information, visit the Te Kura website.