Championing Racial Harmony

The Race Unity Speech Awards began in 2001 as a way for secondary school students nationwide to share their vision of race unity. 

Congratulations to Isabella Drummond Y13, whose speech titled ‘You’re Never Too Young to Make Change’ was the winner, beating contestants from all over Aotearoa.  

On Tuesday, 25 July, Eric Neal (Auckland Regional Coordinator of the Race Unity Speech) and two representatives from NZ Police visited WGHS to present an award to Isabella and another to the school during a special assembly. 

Mr Neal said that those participating in the awards grow spiritually and become very successful. He emphasised the importance of celebrating the diversity of race and culture in society. 

Isabella urged her peers to join Race Unity, saying it was a wonderful experience for her and generated many opportunities. 

This is the first time a Westlake Girls student has won this honour. We are extremely proud of our Head Prefect.