Positive attitude part of success
Matamata College year 11 student Stephen Drysdale is excelling academically through a positive attitude, strong determination to succeed and having a strong group of friends who push each other to excel.
Stephen loves all subjects, especially French and sciences and is a member of the school’s Future Problem Solving and Brain Bee Challenge teams.
Stephen is a talented piano player and
Mr Fraser said it was his school headmaster and sixth form English teacher who “fired” his love of books, and Mrs Fraser remembers “always having books around” growing up.
“We have tried to instil that same love of books in our children and grandchildren,” said Mrs Fraser.
The Frasers, who refer to Matamata as “the best-kept secret”, said the town was an ideal place to run a family bookshop.
Mrs Fraser, a member of the Public Relations Association, was an advocate for small, locally owned businesses.
“I think it’s important to support the town you live in and to support the local businesses,” Mrs Fraser said.
With a strong sense of giving back to the community, the couple have been involved with a number of initiatives over the years.
Through the store, they sell tickets on behalf of local theatres and organisations, helping to promote local events.
Mrs Fraser is involved with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind as a contact person and was recently named patron of the local support group.
She also acts as a Justice of the Peace and is a member of Powertalk, a non- profit organisation which teaches communication skills.
For years, Mr Fraser braved 5am wake-ups as a New Zealand Herald agent, ensuring the newspaper made it into Matamata residents’ letterboxes each morning.
He was also a member of the New Zealand Retail Association and acted as provincial president for several years.
“And I think that just about keeps us out of mischief,” Mrs Fraser said. hopes for a career in medicine when he leaves school.