Ready to make a strong impact
We continue our coverage of head students in Franklin.
Name: Harmanpreet Kaur Age: 16 School: Pukekohe Christian School
Describe how you achieved the honour of being named head student: One of the things that I think made me stand out was the fact that I coached a netball team full of girls that had never played before. The team went from scoring one goal in six matches, to winning their grade. I was also part of the student council the year before. I believe a major characteristic they were looking for was someone who is really involved in the school community.Another factor is the school going from year 1 to 13; you need someone who possesses the ability to relate to a student whether they are five years old or eighteen years old. I am confident that I have ticked all the right boxes.
Goals for the year: My main goal for the year is to study hard enough to get into Auckland University. I also want to make the most of my last year at high school and take advantage of every opportunity I am given. I
‘‘I want to do something within the school year that will leave a positive lasting impact on the student body and staff.’’
want to do something within the school year that will leave a positive lasting impact on the student body and staff.
Highlight of you secondary education so far: One, skipping a year of school, and two, my year 12 exam results. Besides becoming head girl, it would probably be all the friends and memories I have made at this school. Those people have become like family to me and I know that they will be there for me for anything. They are some of my biggest supporters
Favourite subject and why: That would be a toss between accounting and business studies. I really enjoy both subjects and the staff teaching them.The subjects just make perfect sense in my head and I am able to understand them fully. Also both subjects relate to what I would like to study and do in the future.
What do you like most about your school: The atmosphere. I feel as if we are all one small tightknit community. I can nearly name all of the students that go to the school - something that you cannot do at most schools. The teachers are really encouraging and ensure that all students reach their full potential.
When you are not studying, what do you like to do: Some of my favourite things to do outside of school are reading and netball. I’ve been playing netball as long as I can remember and really enjoy it. From a young age I have always loved reading fiction books. Both help me to clear my head, calm me and give me a break from school.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most and why: One of my biggest Kiwi heroes would have to be Kate Sheppard. She was amazing and strong, who fought for what she believed to be right even though a lot of people were opposing it. She spoke up for the silent voices that were crying out for justice. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are and take the right to vote for granted. Kate did not let anyone stand in her way; she fought for my future and the future of all women. I hope that one day, I will change the world for the better just like Kate did.
If I were Auckland/ Waikato’s mayor I’d… Improve the public transport system and encourage more people to use it.
Harmanpreet hopes to make the world a better place.