Congratulations to the 2013 Secondary School Achievers Award Recipients!

With 20 very high-calibre applicants this year, the judges had a very challenging task to select just six stand-out recipients!


The 2013 recipients are:

Jessica Douglas – Withers
Hannah Forbes 
Holly Greenslade 
Caroline Hope 
Josh Irvine 
Thomas Maxwell

Congratulations to you all!




 Jessica Douglas – Withers

Jessica’s ambition is to study Medicine at Otago University and realises that although it will be a challenge she is determined to work towards this opportunity.

Jessica moved to the Hurunui in 2005 and attended Rangiora High School. Since then she has become very involved with the Amberley Pony Club which includes helping with the Amberley A & P Show.

Jessica has a love of people – both old and young – and helping and interacting with them which led her to make the decision to go into Medicine.

Jessica has been accepted for the first year Health Sciences Course next year. She will spend the year competing for some of the most sought after academic spots in the country – one of the 200 places in Medicine for 2015.


 Hannah Forbes

Hannah has lived in Waiau her entire life and next year would like to attend either Lincoln University to undertake a Diploma of Agriculture or Telford to study for a Certificate in Agriculture.

Throughout her seven years at Amuri Area School Hannah has undertaken many leadership roles including Form Leader, Whanau Leader and Head Girl. Hannah has also been on numerous school camps with Year 7 – 10 students as a senior Leader.

In the Waiau Community Hannah has been involved in the Tennis Club and the Badminton Club and over the summers she mows the lawns for the Waiau Fire Brigade and the Presbyterian Church.

Hannah used to play Rugby for the Waiau Rugby Club until she got too old to play with the boys so moved onto the Christchurch Football Club where she plays for their Womens Rugby Team. Hannah was selected for the Canterbury Secondary Schools Girls Rugby team and claims that wearing the Canterbury jersey at a South Island Schools tournament in Gore was the highlight of her year. Hannah has also played Soccer in Amberley.

To help fund her tertiary study Hannah has been raising Friesian Bull Calves and hopes to sell them over they reach 100 kg.

Hannah is a high achiever and “a staunch Hurunui girl”.


 Holly Greenslade

Holly attended Waikari Primary School and then St Margarets College in Christchurch and plans to attend Otago University next year where she will begin a Degree in Law and Psychology.

Holly has had considerable success in Rowing including being selected into the New Zealand Junior rowing team to complete in the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria in 2012 and in 2013 she was selected for the junior campaign to row in the Coxless Four. This meant she had to attend St Peters College in Cambridge and live at Lake Karapiro for three months. To Holly’s credit she still achieved NCEA Level 1 and 2 with excellence. Holly also attended the Youth Olympics in Sydney for winning bronze and silver for New Zealand.

Holly loves Art and English and has had experience in Leadership while being Head of Rowing at St Margarets.

Other Rowing achievements include being awarded the Sports Woman of the Year 2012 at St Margarets and the Canterbury Rowing Association Trophy for top School Girl Rower two years in a row. Her five year goal is to attend university and continue to trial and row for New Zealand at various levels and ultimately to be selected for the Olympic Games in 2016.


 Caroline Hope

Growing up in Hawarden Caroline considers she has been given a good foundation to achieve her best at school and in the wider community.

Caroline has attended St Andrews College accepting the leadership roles of Prefect and Academic Captain of the school. This involved travelling to Scotland with the St Andrews College Pipe Band for the World Championships.

Caroline has also played an active role in the Hurunui Youth Council and the Christchurch Youth Council as a member of the Arts and Culture Focus Group.

As a result of her involvement with organising the Youth Concert “Re-Entry” Caroline was asked to be the youth representative of GapFiller. She has also been part of the Youth Environment Network and attended the New Zealand Youth Model United Nations conference in Wellington as well as completing the Silver Duke of Edinburgh.

Next year Caroline intends to begin her studies for an Engineering Degree specialising in Natural Resources/Civil combining her interests and academic skills. She has a passion for communities and believes and Engineering Degree will provide her with the knowledge and skills to allow her to positively and professionally impact on the sustainable development of communities and their natural resources.


 Josh Irvine

From Amberley, Josh has attended Christchurch Boys High School for the last five years as a Boarder and next year he plans to begin his studies at Canterbury University for an Engineering Degree. Josh’s interest is currently Civil Engineering.

In 2012 he achieved NCEA Level two with Excellence Endorsement as well as receiving the overall Year twelve Physical Education prize at Christchurch Boys High. In 2011 and 2012 he received “Scholar” colours for his academic efforts.

Josh is passionate about many kinds of sports but Surfing is his main sport and passion. He has surfed for 5 years and in the last two has participated in numerous competitions with his best result being coming third in the under eighteen division of the Canterbury Scholastic Event at Gore Bay. Josh has also been a member of the North Side Board Riders surf club for two years and the Boys High School Surf Team for one year. Rugby is his other passion and he also takes part in snowboarding.

Josh believes in helping people and during the 2011 earthquakes he was involved in removing liquefaction and debris from damaged buildings. Josh also takes a great interest in international cultures and languages and since 2009 has travelled to Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia and China. He has studied the Chinese language from year nine to twelve and believes a lot of valuable lessons can be learnt from different cultures.


 Thomas Maxwell

Thomas has lived in Cheviot all his life and attended Cheviot Area School from year 1 to year 13. This year, Thomas has been the Head Boy at Cheviot Area School and has enjoyed the challenges and leadership experience this role has provided.

Having grown up in the small rural community of Cheviot Thomas has worked part time on farms which has fostered his interest in agriculture and has led him to the decision to study Agriculture at Lincoln University. He dreams of managing a farm one day.

Thomas’ interests include all sports with Rugby being his main passion. His achievements in Rugby this year have included playing in the Hurunui under 18’s, the North Canterbury under 18’s; the Canterbury Country under 18’s and the New Zealand Area Schools Rugby team.

Early in 2013 Thomas completed a 21 day Outward Bound course for school leaders and really enjoyed the challenge this provided. The highlight for him was meeting 14 different people, getting to experience the course with them and making many strong friendships during that time.

Thomas stated in his application that he doesn’t come from a farming background however he is determined to do the best he can to achieve his dream of managing a farm.