10 DEC 2021
CGA hosted a prizegiving ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the academic, extra-curricular and leadership achievements of our students for the 2021-22 academic year.
The event, led by CGA Associate Principal Dr. Andrew Daniel, highlighted the amazing achievements of our students as well as the incredible growth of our online school in a short period of time. Students, parents and teachers all talked about the incredible drive and passion they see everyday within the CGA community.
Chair of the Board of CGA and Director of Crimson Education, Janine Manning, recognised the combined efforts of the students and teachers in the success of our online high school. She also highlighted the importance of hard work for our students.
Our students received a special treat when one of CGA’s own Eva Poklonskaia performed one of her upcoming songs and gave everyone a sneak preview.
Executive Principal John Morris spoke how important the role of the teachers was in recognising talent and fostering our students’ interests so they can excel. He highlighted the messages and notes our dedicated teachers receive from students who are always amazed and thankful for their mentorship and drive.
The real strength of our school is the diversity of our student body. I hope that over the last year our students have found the desire and courage to open themselves up to others who by background and interest may be different from them. If you have done that and along the way learned respect for others and compassion for all people, that will stand you in good stead throughout your life.
Principal Mark Phillips talked about the Aoraki-Greenwich competition where students from both campuses competed in a variety of activities to gain points. Greenwich emerged winner this year with students participating in debate, computing as well as photography competitions among others.
He also commended those students who comprise the first graduating class at Crimson Global Academy. Many of our students joined CGA when it was barely four months old, in the middle of a pandemic and have continued to excel despite exam disruptions.
As CGA grows, so does the list of awardees who have achieved excellence in both academic and extracurricular fields. Our awards in this round of prizegiving were divided into several categories.
Sara Hamaguchi was awarded the Scholars’ Society Prize.
James Dagan was awarded for Service to School.
Haider Munawar was awarded the All Rounder prize.
Alimhas Baimenov received the Senior Scholar Award.
Student Leadership Awards are given to acknowledge the contribution of students who have performed major leadership roles in the school.
Dean Kenny Knight announced the Extra-Curricular Awards — given to students who have demonstrated consistent, active engagement and made a positive contribution to extra-curricular activities through their reliability, determination, initiative, leadership and service to others.