NZSE Graduation 2017-18
NZSE’s annual Graduation was held last week to celebrate the success of over 100 graduates from 2017-18. Over 300 families and friends packed into the Dorothy Winstone Centre at Auckland Girls Grammar to support and congratulate the graduates completing Certificates and Diplomas from Early Childhood Education & Care, Foundation Studies, Healthcare, Business and TechSchool at NZSE.
Cherie Freeman, Master of Ceremony and New Zealand Skills and Education Group’s Executive General Manager Academic, said the ceremony was not only a celebration of student’s achievement, but a testimony to NZSE’s diverse and inclusive culture.
“The ceremony itself showed NZSE as a culturally diverse education provider, not only by the students and their families in attendance, but through the special performances included in the ceremony.”
The ceremony began with a Powhiri and Kapa Haka performed by Te Wehi Haka Group and included performances by Tatau Samoan Dance Group and BAD Bhanga Dance Group.
The evening also showcased NZSE’s involvement with industry as over 15 representatives in a variety of employment sectors came along to support the students graduating.
Jane Rattanachai - Graduate of Diploma in Networking Technologies (Level 6) - said she was grateful for the opportunities that she was given throughout studying at NZSE.
“I was fortunate to be awarded a Vodafone Scholarship which included an internship at Vodafone Headquarters while I was studying,” she said. “While there, I was able to test new products before they went to the market and this experience definitely prepared me for employment, which I found straight after studying as the ICT Helpdesk Technician at Epsom Girls Grammar School.”
Barri Lacbay - Graduate of Diploma in Business (Level 7) - spoke at the ceremony and gave thanks for the experiences NZSE had given him, which equipped him with the skillset to move from studying into employment seamlessly. He is now a Customer Engagement Specialist at The Warehouse Group.
He gave his best advice to his fellow students: “I encourage you put yourself out there, listen and learn from the people you will encounter. Take risks and broaden your horizon.”
The evening was topped off with a guest speaker - Andy Talbutt from Yellow New Zealand – who inspired and advised NZSE’s graduates of the importance of relationship building and networking as students come into a time where employment can be secured on relationships, not only traditional methods of application.
Cherie Freeman says the evening was reflective of the type of learning NZSE provides its students.
“It was fun! And at NZSE we promote that learning should be fun and vibrant, approachable and supportive.”