KingsView School academic excellence and good character
award-winners (from left) Joshua Schoenbacechler (12),
Solomon Matheson (9), Noah Novacek (6), Sam Vining (6) and
Mackenzie Shewan (11) with (from left) principal Rebekah
Key, maths and senior literacy teacher Sandra Smith and
maths teacher and visual arts co-ordinator Rebecca Hembrow,
at the Celebration of Learning on Friday. Photos by James
Kingsview School will have virtually doubled its roll in
a year to almost 30 when it reopens for the new term in
This was one of the achievements announced to about 70
members of the state integrated Christian primary school's
community on Friday, in an afternoon of paying tribute to
excellence and giving thanks at the third annual Celebration
Senior pupils Mackenzie Shewan and Max Nicol welcomed
visitors to the prize-giving occasion.
Five pupils were rewarded for their excellence in academic
studies, or their positive developments of character.
Principal Rebekah Key said all were gathered ''to celebrate
these amazing children's hard work, determination, curiosity,
creativity and spirit of adventure they've shown throughout
Miss Key said while enrolment was growing, class sizes would
The celebration was held on stage in the school's new hall,
next door to a new classroom being fitted for senior pupils.
The new large classroom will have an information technology
focus and be open next term.
The existing senior classroom will become the second junior
classroom and there is provision for an extra classroom to be
created when required.
Senior KingsView School pupils Mackenzie Shewan (11) and
Max Nicol (11) welcomed about 70 pupils, parents, trustees
Max Nicol, who has attended KingsView since it officially
opened in February 2011, and pupil Nika Sesia, who are going to
Wakatipu High School, were presented with gifts and farewelled.
Four new entrants from KingsView Early Learning Centre were
welcomed and presented with their new school books for next
Parents were not forgotten.
Each received a gift-wrapped work of art created by their son
or daughter, following the theme of the year, ''gratitude''.
On behalf of the board of trustees, incoming chairman Greg
Poole applauded Miss Key for being the school's ''inspiring
and enthusiastic leader''.
Senior classroom teacher Marlene van Tonder left KingsView
more than a month ago to pursue her ambition of teaching in
Staff have been bolstered this term by maths and senior
literacy teacher Sandra Smith, semi-retired from Arrowtown
School after 14 years, and maths teacher and visual arts
co-ordinator Rebecca Hembrow.
Miss Hembrow, originally of the United Kingdom, said she felt
a calling to teach in Queenstown after travelling around New
Zealand to set up international relations for schools in the
''It's such a unique school and a unique vision and it's only
going to get bigger and filled with more love, more faith and
more strength,'' she said.