Exemplifying the four cornerstones of St Paul’s – academic, sport, culture and service – Year 12 student Julia McLean is the recipient of the 2018 Altrusa Youth Award.
Nominated by St Paul’s Associate Headmaster, Ainsley Robson, the award recognises outstanding all-round Year 12 students from across Hamilton. It was awarded to Julia at a ceremony held at the Hamilton Gardens this week.
“Julia is a student with a strong work ethic who aims to achieve her best in all aspects of school. Her constant positive attitude and hard work is reflected in her exceptional school grades,” says Mr Robson.
Since coming to St Paul’s in Year 11, Julia has been actively involved in a number of school activities.
She is a keen pianist currently working towards her Grade 4 ABRSM piano exam. She was also part of the school’s production of Legally Blonde, where she took on one of the leading roles of Vivienne Kensington. As a member of the school choir, Julia has performed at the Waikato Bay of Plenty ‘Big Sing’ competition, where they placed in the top four. She gained Grade 5 in the Trinity College Communication Skills exam and is now working towards the Grade 6 qualification.
Committed to serving the community, Julia has been involved in the school’s service programme helping those in need through the ‘Over the Fence Ministry’ with Bankwood and Fairfield primary schools, as well as the 40 Hour Famine – where this year she used her sewing skills to make the tops of baby quilts for 40 hours. “Although I only managed to make the tops of these quilts, I plan on completing all five of them and donating them to Plunket or an organisation that will be able to hand them out to deprived families,” says Julia.
Julia is also a valued member of the 3rd XI girls’ hockey team,
Receiving the Altrusa Award was a significant moment for Julia, who is grateful for the all the opportunities St Paul’s has offered her.
“I feel part of a community that has really encouraged me to step out and try new things. Without making the move to a St Paul’s, I most definitely would not have been as involved as I am today,” says Julia.
“My nomination for the award was a testament of not only my input, but more importantly the support of the school and those surrounding me – my parents, friends and the teaching staff.”