At our Carmel Day Mass each year, we take the opportunity to acknowledge members of the Carmel community who have contributed to building on the tradition of our lived Core Mercy values that are based on Gospel teachings. We make 3 awards: community, staff and students. The award winners this year are as follows:
Community Award – John & Sheryl Henderson
As a dynamic duo, these two have actively supported the fundraising efforts of ArtFusions over the many years we held this event. John was always there with his tool kit, knocking in the hooks to hang the many art works, erecting the display boards and cabinets and there until all hours cleaning up afterwards. Together, Sheryl and John would organise the nourishment to get the teachers through the long hours of teacher interview evenings, Sheryl ringing John about the timing of the ham cooking or when to pick up the Chinese food dishes. Thank you for giving of your time and skills so generously. Sheryl is leaving us at the end of Term 3 – but not fully. She will still continue teaching music and therefore, hopefully, John will still be available for meal deliveries.
Staff Award: Karen Mitchell
Karen gives selflessly – and there is no clearer example than these past months when she stepped up into the Acting Principal role. There were countless hours of additional workload and a steep learning curve but the transition was seamless. She steadied the ship and kept it sailing, sometimes through some stormy waters but Karen remained steadfast and sure. Staff felt very reassured and supported. Thank you, both personally and professionally, for being so able in this position that I was able to solely focus on my treatment and recovery.
Student Award: Laetitia Tan
Our Core Mercy focus this year is Auhimi – Respect and that’s about affirming the dignity of others and celebrating the uniqueness of individuals. Laetitia has shown her willingness to help others – she volunteers at the monthly Serving Spoons at her local Orewa parish; she helped organise a dance for World Downs Day, she planted trees for CUE Haven. She is a published author – her book ‘The Awesome Superheroes’ has brought joy to many children. Laetitia cares for others: she sent me and other staff and students the most beautifully, handcrafted and personally illustrated cards when we needed extra support. Laetitia epitomises respect, care and empathy for others. She reminds us that believing in ourselves opens us up to opportunities, adventures and achievements.
(Photography courtesy of Sr Anna Nicholls)