Philomena Petaia

Class of: 2011
School: McAuley High School
Scholarship Partner: Auckland DHB Charitable Trust
This young Samoan woman has a warm, positive personality which resonates with those around her. She is a vibrant and natural leader and one who believes in being disciplined and committed to achieving goals. Confidence exudes from her: "I believe I posses the necessary skills to succeed and reach my goals."

Philomena attributes her academic successes to attributes such as determination and motivation. "Her outlook on life is very much about self-motivation and that nothing is free, which I am sure contributes to her determination to aim high at all times," said her Yr 12 Dean at McAuley. Philomena's hard work was recognised in 2011 with the McAuley Diligence Award. Philomena's involvement at school spans from the environmental group to basketball and outside of school she plays a very active part in her Church community.

Philomena has her eyes set on graduating with a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in midwifery and then studying for a Masters of Health Practice, also in Midwifery. She will study at AUT starting in 2013.