Fo­cussed school lead­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

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