Westmount Graduations and Awards 2017

With videoconferencing linking students across the region and the globe on a daily basis, it was fitting that a satellite-stream united Westmount Schools in New Zealand together for the 2017 Graduations.

On Monday 4 December, individual events in north, central and southern New Zealand combined for a single ceremony via a satellite link that would have rivalled many television productions in terms of its scale and quality. The event involved a number of ‘live-crosses’ with students, staff and families in each location seeing a mixture of presenters via the satellite video stream from other venues, and live presenters at their venue.

Across the three locations 1600 students and 4000 attendees cheered the success of over 1000 award winners in OneSchool Awards, sporting and cultural activities and academic endeavour.

The graduation address was delivered by OneSchool Global’s newly appointed Global Communications Manager, Scott Christensen. Having spent the last 11 years in marketing and communication roles in universities, Scott was extremely impressed with the seamless and professional manner in which the event was conducted.

“I have been involved in countless graduation ceremonies in the last 11 years and also in major events that have been linked via livestream. The Westmount graduations and awards ceremony was among the most impressive I have seen. Congratulations to all involved and especially to the students and teachers for their outstanding achievements in 2017,” Scott said.

For 2017, the prestigious Westmount School Dux was awarded to Alaska Smith from Hawkes Bay Campus, who achieved an outstanding grade point average of 100%. This outstanding result is a credit to Alaska’s hard work and dedication this year.

Along with the recognition of student successes, teachers were recognised across a wide range of categories. The highest accolade is the Student Choice award, where students nominate teachers who have made the most difference to their learning. Over 800 nominations were submitted, and 10% of those were for the winner, Mr Russell Cannings from the Waikato Campus

Westmount’s three regional principals each took part in hosting the ceremony, with Northern Region and Argentina Regional Principal, Mr Gregory praising staff and students on their achievements for the year.

“Our graduations and awards ceremony is one date that we have all looked forward to in the School calendar. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year and celebrate the achievements of our talented students and acknowledge the effort and commitment of our teachers and support staff. Congratulations to all our award winners in 2017 and I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable holiday period,” said Mr Gregory.

The teachers and administrative staff involved in pulling the event together deserve a special mention for the hard work and many hours that went in to making the event a success.