Ready to make a strong im­pact

We con­tinue our cov­er­age of head stu­dents in Franklin.

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

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.

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