Aiya Khuekaew Na Lumpoon, Samantha Griffith, Danita McLaren, Sapphire Hamill and Eilish Van Zeist Driver with their Trades Academy awards. Photo: Charles Anderson.

College girls trade up for awards


Six students from Nelson College for Girls have got a head start on their potential career – coming away with the top awards for their respective trades.

It is the first time that so many students have come top in their class – ranging from hospitality and tourism to hairdressing and uniformed services.

Teacher Alex Coombs King says all the students have done Nelson College for Girls proud and have enjoyed going off site to NMIT and Whenua Iti for their training.

“It’s good to have a different place of learning, a different type of learning.”

Danita McLaren, who wants to work in tourism, came out top of the services industries ranks and had a hands-on experience with Wilsons Abel Tasman.

“It was so nice just being out on the boats and the Abel Tasman is so good.”

Sapphire Hamill won the award for ‘uniformed services’ which covers the police, fire service, paramedics and civil defence.

Aiya Khuekaew Na Lumpoon won the award for hospitality front of house and Eilish Van Zeist Driver won the award for hospitality kitchen. Samantha Griffith won the award for hairdressing and Phoenix Moka won the award for Manaaki Tāpoi.