Golf star’s tips for Postgate
New Zealand’s best male amateur golfer has a lot of good things to say about Aotea College.
Daniel Hillier, along with Javan Upton and Liam Hawthorne, spoke to about 70 year 7 and 8 pupils from Postgate School last Wednesday.
He outlined why Aotea was a good option for their secondary schooling.
Hillier, a year 12 student, was asked whether going from Postgate to college was scary.
‘‘I wasn’t too scared because I had a big sister at Aotea,’’ he said. ‘‘Plus, there is a peer support programme in place and you can get a lot of help when you’re new to the school. It doesn’t take long to get used to finding your classrooms and you get the hang of the layout after a while.’’
Hillier said his golfing commitments meant he was away from the school a lot, but his teachers made life easier for him.
‘‘I’m putting a lot of time into golf, but the school offers me a lot of support so I can keep up with assessments. They’re backing me 100 per cent.’’
Hillier, who plays for the Manor Park club in Lower Hutt, won the New Zealand amateur golf championship in Titirangi, Auckland, in April.
Meanwhile, Aotea College’s refurbished gymnasium is finished and available for use. It is part of a multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the school. The gym will have an official opening this month.