When Year 11 student Henyang Li (Leo) was awarded Top in the World in IGCSE Design & Technology this year, he became the second Top in the World student for ACG Sunderland Design & Technology teacher Cecelia Faumuina Khakh.
In 2017, Ms Faumuina’s Year 13 student Milly Carlyle Rowe also gained the award in A Level Design & Technology.
Alongside teaching her regular classes, Ms Faumuina is active in promoting and developing the school’s cultural groups.
This year, she is on sabbatical leave as part of her PhD at AUT. Her research is based on the traditional Tongan idea of ‘Asi which is the climax in a faiva (performance).
She has been awarded a DCT Māori and Pacific Student Doctoral Scholarship to do the research.
Principal Nathan Villars said: “Cecelia is one of those, ‘one-in-a-thousand employees’ who gives her all to her teaching and to her students. She is always at school, running tutorials, advising and guiding both her Design & Technology students and also her Māori/Pacific tutor groups, too.
“I personally wish her all the very best on her journey to complete her PhD and can’t wait to welcome her back to ACG Sunderland.”