Driven to suc­ceed

We con­tinue our cov­er­age of stu­dent lead­ers with Tuakau Col­lege’s head stu­dents.

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‘‘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.

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