Team of head students selected
Matamata College is set to have a strong leadership team next year as the new head boy and girl step up to the mark.
Ciaran O’malley was announced as head boy and Riannan Bardoul as head girl at the school’s senior prize giving on December 1.
They will replace former heads Emma Jobe and Timothy Brooky.
The deputies for 2012 will be Hayden Waugh and Julie- Ana Tarrant.
Principal Glenn Rowsell believed the four chosen would make a very strong team.
‘‘They will be superb – they are very fine young people and hugely involved in the school,’’ he said.
‘‘We interviewed six candidates for head boy and girl, all who were very strong but these two came through and they are very strongly supported by students and the staff here.’’
Both Riannan and Ciaran said they were looking forward to the challenge a new leadership position would bring.
‘‘I want to make the most of this opportunity that we were given. We have so much at our fingertips so we have to make the most of it,’’ Riannan said.
‘‘My vision for next year is to have more participation of the students in all areas of school life.’’
Riannan has been an active part of Matamata College for the past four years and is currently involved in debating, future problem solving, netball, running and swimming alongside her studies.
Next year she will take physics, chemistry, biology, calculus and economics in preparation to study science at university.
Ciaran, who only joined Matamata College at the start of 2010,
the has quickly become a respected leader among his peers.
He said he was ‘‘stoked’’ to be head boy as it was something many of his teachers suggested he try out for.
‘‘I have always wanted to be one of the role models for the junior students,’’ he said.
‘‘I feel I can bring confidence, something a bit unique and a lot of enthusiasm to the role.’’
He said he wanted to put a strong focus on the year 13 students and help them to be role models for the new year 9 students.
Ciaran is currently involved in mooting, future problem solving, cricket, tennis, golf, soccer and next year will take English, geography, media studies, history and sport science.
Deputy Julie- Ana said she thought they would make a great team as all four worked well together.
‘‘ I am looking forward to that and helping to make change here at Matamata College,’’ she said.
Taking lead: From left, 2012 Matamata College deputy head boy Hayden Waugh, head boy Ciaran O’malley, head girl Riannan Bardoul and deputy head girl Julie-ana Tarrant.