NYLD 2017

It is always a treat to attend NYLD - National Young Leaders Day. This year was no different as our Year 6s excitedly headed to Rotorua to join 1300 other screaming young people from across the Bay of Plenty.

Mrs Graham, Miss Crawford and Mrs Farquhar attended as well and heard from many fascinating speakers. Brylee Mills, an amputee dancer, had a heart-wrenching story but shows nothing but pride and determination to succeed. We loved hearing from Aaron Jackson - a ‘bad guy’ from Shortland Street - and Kasey and Karena, Masterchef winners, and how they overcame hardships when they were young. We listened to the band Nomad and spoken word artist Luti Richards and even got their autographs at the end. We learned lessons like ‘Give it 100%’, ‘Be yourself, there’s no one else like you’, and the main message of the day - ‘E Kore Au E Ngaro He Kakano I Ruia Mai I Rangiatea’ - I am a seed, born of greatness.

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Aaron Jackson from Shortland Street fame

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The big ball challenge is big fun

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Kasey and Karena talked about their success (and made desserts)

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Lunch in the sun

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Duane and Adam campaigned to buy a beach

Many thanks to the parents - Tom, Sandy, Annabel, Carol and Sarah - who gave up their day to make sure our students could have this experience. We so appreciate your time and use of your vehicles.

5 Cody asking a question on the big screen