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Correspondence School Prizewinners 2003

Correspondence School Prizewinners 2003

The Correspondence School has awarded 65 prizes for academic excellence and outstanding achievement to primary, secondary and adult students, living throughout New Zealand and overseas.

"We are proud and delighted to announce this year's prizewinners," said Mark Beach, Director of Teaching, The Correspondence School. "It was an incredibly hard task. We have over 20,000 highly motivated, unique students at our school. In turn they are supported by dedicated parents (or supervisors) and teachers, and I believe they all deserve a prize for their motivation and devotion"

Mark Beach awarded the "Director's Prize" to an outstanding student this year. At 12 years old, John Brinsley-Pirie from Mosgiel, Otago, not only focuses on the programmes of learning designed for him, but develops and assesses his own work. He is so attuned to on-line school life, he manages three cyber clubs, organises online competitions and has his own website. Alongside all this, and his regular schoolwork, John leads, mentors and consults with his peers with a passion."

"He also recently developed a full interactive travel website which he subsequently ran from abroad, for selected students around NZ. John has had a stunning year, with an exemplary level of drive and focus. He is a top student."

The Correspondence School dux for overall excellence in year 13 is Erin Armstrong. Erin, a full-time Correspondence School student from Titirangi, Auckland, is an excellent student who has worked extremely hard this year in all aspects of her schoolwork. Focusing on goal setting skills helped Erin achieve high standards across her schoolwork, and will be useful when she studies medicine next year.

It is rewarding to have two teen-parent prizewinners. Winning the Fuchsia Trust Mansfield prize for a teen parent who has made the most of her opportunity to continue education is Jessica Irons from Thames, Waikato and winning the most outstanding student in Mathematics is Leighanne Jack, Year 11, Hawkes Bay School for Teenage Parents, Napier.

The youngest prizewinner, Alannah Green, age 10, Auckland, won the Upper Primary School prize for the most outstanding work in English. Alannah's family move around with their work, and she has been living in Singapore for most of this year. She enthusiastically uses online learning to regularly communicate and share work with the rest of her class.

The oldest prizewinner is Alison Fox, age 79, from Tahunanui, Nelson. Alison won the Language Prize for adult students for her achievement, progress and enthusiasm in German. Alison has worked hard to achieve this prize and says she loves studying German with The Correspondence School.

Students who were awarded more than one prize are Paddy Chapman who won three prizes, and Catherine Wells and Lisa Crowley each won two prizes. Paddy has consistently won prizes during his school career.

Most prizewinners receive a book voucher, or if overseas, books to the same value. However, some prizes are more substantial. The Boraman-Barrell prize recognises students who have responded to challenges during the year and provides some funding to help support the student. Johnny Whelan and Mitch Taylor were awarded this prize.

The Jenny Armstrong Memorial prize for outstanding work in Accounting recognises ability and provides students with small sum of support towards further study. Gabriel Bradly from Kaipara College, Helensville won this prize. Both Jenny Armstrong and Elizabeth Boraman-Barrell were teachers at The Correspondence School.

As New Zealand's largest school, with over 20,000 students, The Correspondence School caters for a wide and diverse range of students at early childhood, primary and secondary levels. Students range from two to over ninety years of age, and include those from isolated areas, students who travel around New Zealand and overseas, and students who can't attend their local school for one reason or another, and those with special education needs.

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