Pos­i­tive at­ti­tude part of suc­cess

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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