Daniel Rickman by Michelle Smith

Social action training for student at World Vision Senior Scholarship week

Daniel Rickman has been nominated to represent St Paul's at World Vision Senior Scholarship week being held in Auckland early next year.

Following St Paul’s Collegiate School’s selection as one of New Zealand’s top performing schools in this year’s 40 Hour Famine, we received an invitation to select a current Year 12 student to attend four days of global education, leadership development and social action training. This exciting opportunity is the result of St Paul’s having been awarded a World Vision Senior Scholarship, sponsored by Sanitarium.

World Vision will host our student and 30 other Year 13 (in 2019) students from across New Zealand in Auckland for four days during the January school holidays, from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 January 2019.

Since 1983, World Vision has invested in the development of hundreds of senior high school students through the Senior Scholarship Week, enabled through the generous support of Sanitarium. The aim of the programme is to educate, inspire and empower some of New Zealand’s finest young leaders.

This year’s programme will develop students’ understanding of social justice issues and equip them with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to take action and become community leaders.

After considerable consultation with those involved in the School’s service programmes, the decision was made to nominate Daniel Rickman for this opportunity. During 2018, Daniel has made a significant contribution to the service programmes of the school. He has regularly supported the Over the Fence Ministry initiatives, has led on occasion the Bankwood Ukulele Club and has supported such on a weekly basis. Daniel attends the St Joan’s Ukulele Club, assists regularly with the Waikato Hospital volunteer programme and has become the organiser of ‘The Serve Group’ responsible for preparing, cooking and serving 60 meals to the homeless on a monthly basis. 

He participated fully in the World Vision 40 Hours of Service weekend in 2018. During 2019, Daniel will take on the co-leadership of the Waikato Hospital volunteer programme. For his contribution to the service programmes of St Paul’s Collegiate School during 2018 he was awarded a School Service Tie. 

 We look forward to hearing what impact the World Vision Senior Scholarship Award has on his approach to future service initiatives.