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Celebrating young leaders again - 9 August 2021



Mon 09 Aug 2021, 10:30 am - 12:00pm


Elim Church
11 Heriot Drive, Elsdon


Children, Education, Achievements Celebrations, Wellington Region


Wheelchair Access, Accessible Toilets, Mobility Parking



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The Rotary Clubs of Porirua, in collaboration with Porirua City Council, are holding the Porirua Primary School Leadership Awards Ceremony from 10.30-12.00 pm on Monday 9 August 2021 at Elim Church, 11 Heriot Drive, Porirua. This event will honour primary schoolchildren who demonstrate Service above Self within their school and the community. 

In addition to the presentation of Certificates to each of the leaders chosen by each of the primary schools, Judge Andrew Becroft will speak to the students and #squareup will begin and end the proceedings with their beautiful singing. #squareup are National Finalists in the Young Singers in Harmony competition which will take place on 23 September in Palmerston North. They were 1st in the Wellington Region for the mixed quartet category, taking out Wellington. 

Porirua Council’s Strategic Priority is to put ‘Children and Young People at the Centre of City Decisions’. Shine’s vision is for ‘Every child in Porirua to Shine’. Rotary’s official motto is ‘Service above Self’.

Mayor Anita Baker will present each child with a Certificate. Last year, the Mayor said, 'Porirua thrives because of people who give their time and talent to make it a better place.  It’s important to recognise children who live by those values and I’m sure the recognition will encourage them to further develop their leadership skills'. Deputy Mayor, Izzy Ford, says, 'With these kids as the future of our city, we’re in good hands. They’re amazing role models for their peers and lead by example - not only through their achievements but also by showing integrity, determination and kindness'. And former Mana MP Kris Faafoi said, 'I'm really heartened to look at testimonials of each recipient and see that they're all doing such a great job of leading in diverse areas. These young leaders are setting a great foundation on environmental issues, enjoying different cultures, helping those in our community who need assistance and importantly their fellow friends at school. I agree with our Deputy Mayor, our city will be in great shape in the future with these young leaders at the helm'.

All the Primary School Principals in Porirua have been asked to put forward two children from the senior classes in their school who, in their opinion, uphold the following values. 

Give service (above self) – go the extra mile, participate and contribute, think about others and their needs and put those above their own, help and support other children in their learning, volunteer to do different ‘jobs’ in the school.
Demonstrate leadership – be part of a group who get involved in things like fundraising, be members of the school council, take leadership in the classroom or syndicate, belong to a leadership group, stand up in front of the school or lead an assembly and talk in front of others, and think about what needs to be done before being asked. Are role models within their school and/or in the community – lead by example, demonstrate integrity, self-management, resilience, respect and co-operation, are social and behavioural role models, relate well to others, and are looked up to by other children.

This is the seventh year in which this event has been held and will, once more, be a memorable event for our primary school children, their whanau, their principals and teachers and the community as a whole.

If you go here, you can read the report on last year's event.

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