Driven to succeed
We continue our coverage of student leaders with Tuakau College’s head students.
‘‘My favourite part of secondary school so far has been the extra-curricular activities Tuakau College has offered to me.’’
Name: Shannon Hull Age: 17 School: Tuakau College Describe how you achieved the honour of being named head student: I have worked hard to get where I am now. I am an individual with many interests and attributes. I partake in as many sports as I can, I attend as many social events as possible and I’m a hard worker when it comes to studying. I think that this diversity has helped me a lot in becoming a familiar face at Tuakau College.
Goals for the year? I set myself annual goals regarding achievements inside and outside of school. For 2017 I wish to continue to dance and play hockey, two of my long term passions. Whilst for school I aspire to gain an excellence endorsement for level 3 and get university entrance.
Highlight of your secondary education so far? My favourite part of secondary school so far has been the extra-curricular activities Tuakau College has offered to me. Highlights include a 10 day voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand, working through the levels of Duke of Edinburgh to hopefully achieve Gold at the end of this year, team challenges including Hillary Challenge, Nav Quests and Get to Go events and I always love the annual school ball.
Favourite Subject and why? I enjoy all the subjects I take at school as when I’m passionate about something, I achieve more successful results. If I had to choose however I think my favourites would be geography
What do you like most about your school? Tuakau College is a unique school with a wonderful, friendly environment. I love the fact that all the students interact with each other, it’s like being a part of one big family. I also like how Tuakau College offers plenty of diverse opportunities for all students including the Italy, France and Germany tour coming up this year which I am super excited about.
When you are not studying, what do you like to do? When I’m not at school or studying I have many other passions that fill up my time. I have played hockey for many years at school, club and reps level. I’m a player who has learnt to respect the sport and just enjoy every moment on the hockey turf. I have spent a lot of time on the water participating in sailing and rowing competitions and enjoy all aquatic activities including fishing and surfing. Probably my biggest passion in life is hip hop dancing. I’ve danced for as long as I can remember and I teach classes at Groovit dance school. Working as a dance teacher for me is the coolest job in the world! I always look forward to dance class and I adore the kids that I teach. In my spare time you’ll find me dancing, always trying to come up with new ideas for choreography and practicing routines. When I’m not on the dance floor or on the hockey turf I like to spend time with my friends and family.
Who is the kiwi you admire the most and why? I admire anyone who has the determination and perseverance to pursue their passion as a career. My ultimate dream for the future is to have a career where I look forward to going to work every day because I’m passionate about what I do.