Head stu­dents look for­ward to new roles

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Col­lege will have a strong team of lead­ers next year with a new head boy and girl ready to step up to the mark.

Joseph Free­man was an­nounced as head boy and Jes­sica Sch­weizer as head girl at the se­nior prize­giv­ing on Thurs­day.

They will be fol­low­ing de­part­ing head boy Ciaran O’Mal­ley and head girl Rian­nan Bar­doul.

The deputies for 2013 will be Janae Gaskell and David Ex­ton.

Prin­ci­pal Glenn Rowsell said the four stu­dents had strong sup­port from staff and stu­dents.

‘‘They are all fine young peo­ple who are heav­ily in­volved in the school,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ll work very well to­gether and they will all bring some­thing dif­fer­ent to the team.’’

Jes­sica is a tal­ented mu­si­cian and ear­lier this year toured China with the New Zealand Youth Brass Band.

‘‘ I would like to im­ple­ment more cul­ture into the school to give stu­dents more op­por­tu­ni­ties in the mu­sic and cul­tural de­part­ments,’’ said Jes­sica.

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She was plan­ning to start a con­cert band at the school.

Joseph was look­ing for­ward to act­ing as a role model for the younger stu­dents and help­ing Year 9 stu­dents make the tran­si­tion from in­ter­me­di­ate.

‘‘It will be great to in­flu­ence stu­dents and show them that you don’t have to be the best of the best to achieve at school.

‘‘ If you can set good ex­am­ples for them, then they will hopefully carry that on into the fu­ture,’’ he said.

All four said they were sur­prised, happy and re­lieved to find out they had been se­lected.

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