With Mr Belson, at left, and Mr Dumm, are, from left, Claudia Saunders, Lydia Finch, Georgia Sinclair, Caitlin Mitchell and Eric Shen.
On Wednesday, three former students and two current students received their Gold Awards from the Governor-General at a ceremony held at the Vodafone Events Centre.
Claudia Saunders, Lydia Finch and Georgia Sinclair, (2019) and Eric Shen and Caitlin Mitchell (2020) attended with their families. Eva Williams (2019) has also completed her Gold Award.
The Governor-General presented each award to the students and had a chat about what they had done to in order to achieve it. In her speech, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO said: “This award ceremony is well deserved recognition for a challenge completed … there’s a great feeling of satisfaction that the moment has finally come and all the hard work and time spent has paid off.”
Mr Belson, who oversees MAGS’ Duke of Ed programme, said “This is the pinnacle of the Award scheme and one which has taken at least a year of commitment to serving the community, meeting new challenges and demonstrating perseverance and resilience. Students have had opportunities to learn life skills, make connections and engage with their community. I am so proud of their commitment and efforts in completing this prestigious award.
“Congratulations to all recipients on their outstanding achievement.”
On the night also, Mr Belson was recognised for his 13 years of driving the Duke of Ed programme at MAGS