Focussed school leaders
History has repeated itself for Matamata College’s head boy and girl Connor Paki and Caitlin Langlands.
The pair, who were announced as head students at last year’s senior prizegiving, had the same role in their last year at Kuranui Primary School.
For the deputies, Kieran Watkins and Ashleigh Leuthard, it is their first time in this kind of role.
Becoming head girl has been Langlands’ dream since she heard the head girl speak to her year nine class.
Paki and Watkins started thinking about it in year 11 while Leuthard put her name down for the role last year after not gaining a role she had wanted.
The group’s motto friendly, focused’’.
‘‘We aim to make year 13 and school life about that,’’ Langlands said.
‘‘ We feel like
if we make everything fun and friendly then people will look forward to going to school and that will make them want to work harder in class and want to turn up to school because they are having fun and that will eventually create academic success.’’
Paki, who won the prize for the best all round Maori student at last year’s senior prize giving, said the group was also focusing on Maori academic achievement.
He said after school finished he would enter tion industry.
Watkins, who achieved excellence in year 12 and first in painting, would look into studying art at university. Langlands, who was the year 10 dux, received excellence in level two NCEA and captained the under-17 Waikato volley ball team, and Leuthard, who achieved level two in merit and was interested in fashion, said there was too many options to know what she would study at university yet.
GOOD TEAM: From left, Matamata College head girl Caitlin Langlands and head boy Connor Paki and deputy boy Kieran Watkins and deputy head girl Ashleigh Leuthard.