Christchurch, 07 August 2019 — Today a team from Presbyterian Support USI presented a very special Cashmere High School student with a taonga to recognise her work in supporting student wellbeing. Megan Waddington, Community Relations Advisor, and Hutika Crofts-Gibbs, Enliven Kaiāwhina, presented the taonga at the school’s Year 13 assembly.
Shaun Edwards-Brown, Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Cashmere High School, nominated student Courtney Rattray for the taonga, saying: “Courtney has shown…that she not only believes in the values championed by Pink Shirt Day, but also in the wider wellbeing of the student community. She has been involved in the creation of the new Student Wellbeing Committee and has been the catalyst for a new student-wellbeing website that has been created by another Year 13 student and will be launched next term. Courtney champions the values of connection and diversity in all aspects of her life”.
PSUSI has gifted the taonga, a stone patu, to support the school’s efforts to nurture student wellbeing through Pink Shirt Week, which the school holds each May and which is an extension of the anti-bullying awareness day, Pink Shirt Day. In presenting the award, Megan and Hutika drew the students’ attention to PSUSI’s mission to help people become safe, strong, and connected.
Cashmere High School principal, Joe Eccleton, said, “It is a real honour to be the kaitiaki of this special taonga. Courtney was humbled by the presentation.”