PM visits school
John Key has made history, becoming the first Prime Minister to visit Alexandra’s Dunstan High School.
The Prime Minister visited the school during a visit to Alexandra on Thursday, as well as visiting a kindergarten and high country station.
Principal Brent Russell said the visit was ‘‘an historic day for our school and our community’’.
Key delivered an insightful and inspirational talk to the students and told them to ’’dream big’’ and not to leave ‘‘anything in the tank’’.
He used his background as a platform to pass on lessons he had learned from his Austrian-born mother who, at 16, left with her aunty and 18-year-old brother to live in the United Kingdom during World War II.
His mother taught him to get qualifications at school, to achieve what he wanted in life.
She also taught him, ‘‘you get out of life what you put into it’’ and ‘‘dream big’’.
‘‘You can sit around and think about all the things that hold you back and make life difficult. The question is are you prepared to do the things that can change your own life? It doesn’t matter what your own personal aspirations are, it is just having them and owning them. Give it everything you have got and don’t leave anything in the tank. Look back one day and say, ‘I made the most of my life’.’’
Alexandra children Rocky Lemuelu, 4, Fletcher Cordery, 4 and Finn Anderson, 4, with John Key.