Celebrating Excellence: Junior Prize Giving 2023

On Monday 4 December Thames High School concluded its annual Junior Prize Giving, honouring students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment, talent, and achievement across various fields.

Among the standout recipients were Immanuel Huwald, Neka Woolf, Jacob White, Annie Perrett, Isayah Boyd, and Jess Rendall. Let’s take a closer look at their accomplishments and contributions that earned them well-deserved recognition.

Immanuel Huwald: Year 10 Dux

Immanuel Huwald has proven to be an outstanding student, excelling in various areas, including debating, drama, and academics. Immanuel has demonstrated versatility and a commitment to excellence with distinctions in English, Drama, Digital Financial Literacy, and Materials Processing. Achieving top positions in Te Reo Maori, Science, and Social Studies, Immanuel has showcased exceptional academic prowess. His accomplishment in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics further underscores his dedication. Immanuel Huwald is truly deserving of the title 2023 Year 10 Dux.


Neka Woolf: The David Nankivell Award – Best All Round Junior Student

Neka Woolf, a shining example of a well-rounded student, has left an indelible mark on Thames High School. Her commitment to volunteering, involvement in sports, and participation in cultural activities, such as ballet, contemporary dance, Kapa Haka, and vocal ensemble, showcase her diverse talents. Neka’s recent success in the Spirit of Adventure Voyage highlights her enthusiasm, helpful manner, and determination.



Jacob White: Class of ’82 Cup

Jacob White’s contributions to the school community are nothing short of commendable. From setting up lighting and sound for various events to assisting Moanataiari Primary School during teacher-only days and school holidays, Jacob has displayed a strong sense of responsibility and dedication. His involvement with Thames Music and Drama further illustrates his commitment to the arts. Jacob’s efforts in supporting school productions and external events highlight his invaluable contributions to the school community.


Annie Perrett: Top Overall Junior Girl in Sport

Annie Perrett’s prowess in sports is evident through her participation in eight different sports, including touch, hockey, badminton, netball, football, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and sprinting. Her achievements, such as winning the Thames High School Junior Girls Badminton doubles Championship and receiving the Best Junior All-Round Netball Trophy, showcase her talent and commitment. Annie’s recognition as the Top Overall Junior Girl in Sport is a testament to her outstanding contributions on the field and her sportsmanship off it.


Isayah Boyd: Top Overall Junior Boy in Sport

Isayah Boyd’s impressive involvement in seven sports, including athletics, swimming, touch, rugby league, rugby 7’s, youth rugby, and badminton, has rightfully earned him the title of Top Overall Junior Boy in Sport. Isayah’s achievements, such as becoming the Thames High School Junior Boys Swimming and Athletics Champion, highlight his exceptional athletic abilities. His commitment to volunteering as a referee further demonstrates his dedication to sportsmanship and community involvement.


Jess Rendall: Most Outstanding Achievement in Sport by Junior Student

Jess Rendall’s exceptional achievements in cricket have set her apart as the recipient of the Most Outstanding Achievement in Sport by a Junior Student. Playing for local, regional, and provincial teams, including the Northern Districts Cricket Academy Stage 1, Jess has shown remarkable skill and dedication to her sport. The recognition of her accomplishments during the September break underscores her potential for continued success in cricket.

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Please enjoy these photos of the event