Student editor revels in the job
Ashe Tuteru has been student editor of Bishop Viard College’s magazine for only a few months but believes it was a step in the right direction.
Before stepping up, Ashe said she was really shy. She said she had since become a more confident person and was willing to strike up a conversation with anyone to get a scoop.
‘‘It was such a good opportunity and I was keen for it. I could see the vision in my head,’’ Ashe said.
‘‘My mum always told me that words are important and that’s what I go by. To be able to contribute to something like this is amazing.
‘‘It is such a great way to promote achievements of students and to show the community how good we are.’’
The 17- year- old was selected by teachers as the best candidate for the job, not only because of her writing but because of her passion for the school.
As the editor of Via, Ashe is in charge of organising material that goes into the online magazine each month. She also has to write a couple of articles and an editorial, all on top of her regular schoolwork.
She said it took several weeks to gather material from contributors, design the layout, put the magazine together and send the magazine away to be published. Ashe said there was a fantastic team and that the magazine always looks good at the end. ‘‘It’s a great way to tell everyone about what the school is doing.’’
A music performance by students at Bishop Viard in March has been her favourite event to report on.
The year 13 student will head to university next year and may study law.
She said working as an editor had helped her significantly.
‘‘It’s helped me not just in my writing, but in so many other ways. I’m still deciding whether to do journalism.’’
When Ashe leaves Viard, she will hand over to deputy editor Teresa Rayner.
Ashe Tuteru, student editor, puts the finishing touches on the latest edition of Bishop Viard’s school magazine.