Sisters Endeavour for Success

St Cuthbert’s College established the Endeavour Scholarship Programme in 2002 and since that time 67 students of Maori or Pasifika descent have been awarded a scholarship. We sat down with Savannah Tafau-Levy, a past recipient who completed her Year 13 studies in 2013, to find out how life outside the College gates is going for her. 2019 also marks the year that her half-sister, Esther Totton-Levy, has followed in her footsteps embarking on her own scholarship journey at St Cuthbert’s.


Savannah Tafau-Levy is the Communications Officer for Auckland Rugby League which represents 32 clubs in Auckland. She produces digital content, writes stories, commentates college rugby league, presents the news and, she loves it.


Sport is a real passion of hers and she is grateful to work in an industry she enjoys. She credits a large part of her confidence in life to the growth she experienced in her years at St Cuthbert’s.


When she came to the school in 2007 she admits it was eye opening and a change from what she knew. But she felt a real sense of accomplishment and pride at being awarded an Endeavour scholarship and gave it all she had.


Savannah says, “I don’t think I would be where I am today without my scholarship and the opportunities St Cuthbert’s provided.”


“I exceeded expectations for myself with every goal and wouldn’t settle for mediocre. St Cuthbert’s is a warm school with lots of support. I learned to balance a lot of things like my academics and sport, and I made long-lasting friends.”


Savannah says the school is multicultural, welcoming and inclusive of all cultures and backgrounds. She was able to share her Samoan culture with other girls through the Samoan cultural group and her family enjoyed being part of the school community.


After school, Savannah headed to Melbourne to study Media and Communications, majoring in Journalism, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Savannah says she didn’t realise till she left school that St Cuthbert’s had set her up so well to cope with tertiary education and life beyond school.


2019 has continued Savannah’s bond with the school as her half-sister Esther Totton-Levy has started in Year 7 this year after being awarded an Endeavour Scholarship.


So far Esther says she is enjoying her new school and has made lots of friends. She wants to be a detective, a fashion designer, a singer or maybe all three, and Savannah couldn’t be prouder.


Savannah’s message to anyone thinking of applying is to go for it.


“It was a very rewarding experience for my family and I have never looked back.”


Applications are now invited from talented Maori or Pasifika Year 6, 2019 students for entry in Year 7, 2020.


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