It was with great pleasure that on Friday 25th November I was asked to go along to Te Aro Primary School in Central Wellington to present a Medal and Certificate to one of our recipients for the 2016 Excellence Awards.
Lucy McKenzie-Bridle was nominated by her class Teacher, Walter Taniwha, for her initiative and enthusiasm she has shown throughout her year in school. Lucy is a Year 5 student who not only has worked incredibly hard in her standard classes, but has also set up NZ Sign Language Classes each week at her school, organised and promoted Loud Shirt Day with activities and wrote and presented a speech on “The Government should help all Deaf people” for a school competition.
She has been involved in the Kapahaka roopu having been selected as only one of 40 students to be in the group. They performed at a community gala, Matariki celebration evening and a mid-Autumn festival celebration. She is also a member of the Fan Dance group which practices regularly at lunchtimes. She has spent a lot of her time educating her peers about deafness and deaf culture.
All this from a 10 year old! I was given a warm welcome by the school at the assembly and on such a wet and miserable day it was good to be inside their hall. I look forward to seeing Lucy next year as no doubt she will build on the great work she has achieved and go on to do great work again in 2017.
Thanks Lucy for being such a great inspiration to all.