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Wānaka Primary student wins Young Leader Award

Posted at 7:58am Thursday 17 Dec, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wānaka Primary student Hannah Radford (11) was last week awarded a BLAKE Young Leader Award for her enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to her peers and the natural world.

Sir Peter Blake was a New Zealand leader, explorer, and environmentalist. The annual BLAKE Awards have been taking place since 2005 and recognise outstanding New Zealand leaders who follow in his footsteps and continue to exemplify his extraordinary kiwi ‘can do' spirit.

The Young Leader Award, in association with Westpac, recognises young people who have shown promising leadership in their schools and communities. Westpac staff around New Zealand present an award to a student in each primary and intermediate school that participates, as selected by teachers and peers.

Pod 8 teacher Markus Hermanns, who nominated Radford for the award, said she was a “a very mature, compassionate and well-mannered young leader who is a true role model to all her peers.”

“With her affectionate and kind nature as well as her well-developed leadership skills, she can assist all other students in our pod (collaborative learning space with 125 students and 5 teachers) and school (600 students) with their learning,” he added.

Radford is involved in a number of leadership groups within the school, including the Touchstone Project - which looks at how to best protect Lake Wānaka and its catchment - and the Wānaka Primary School Backyard Trapping group, which monitors and traps pests around the school grounds.

“She passionately supports both groups with her broad knowledge around these topics and her proactive engagement and motivation,” said Hermanns.

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