IT has been a long time coming for Southland Boys’ High School’s (SBHS) highest achievers.
Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the school’s most academically inclined pupils waited nearly three months to be inducted into the hall of fame.
Earlier this week, it became official.
The annual capping assembly, which was held on Tuesday, recognised six pupils who gained 80 or more NCEA Level 1 excellence credits, and eight pupils who gained 60 or more NCEA Level 2 excellence credits during 2019.
As well as the capping, three senior pupils were awarded their prefect ties.
SBHS rector Simon Coe said he was “really proud” of the boys who took the stage on the day.
“My challenge to them at the start of the year was to aim to get their names on that honours board.
“We only introduced this system two years ago, and today just proves what can happen when we set the bar.”
Despite pupils taking part in a myriad of activities, whether it was academic, sporting or the arts, they were humble in nature, he said.
“The boys don’t often put up their hands to be recognised but this shows how capable they are, they can do it all.”
Year 13 pupil Callum Nimmo (17) received his second cap at the ceremony after gaining 123 NCEA Level 1 excellence credits in 2018, and 91 NCEA Level 2 excellence credits in 2019.
He said his motivation to succeed came from taking subjects he was genuinely interested in, with calculus being his favourite.
“Playing sports outside of that as well, playing First XV rugby and Second XI for cricket and hockey and that, the motivation I get from there, transfers into the classroom.”
After being a part of the school since Year 7, there was nowhere he would rather be, he said.
“I love the culture here and just being with the boys every day.”