‘‘We are not scary peo­ple’’

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

This year’s head boy and girl and their deputies are con­tin­u­ing a theme that started with 2014’s heads.

Head boy Daniel Lans­daal and deputy girl Tayla-Jay Dearlove had school lead­er­ship roles at Wairere Pri­mary and head girl Danielle Pearce and deputy boy Jor­dan Smith had lead­er­ship roles at Mata­mata Pri­mary just as last year’s lead­ers had.

The promis­ing head stu­dents said they started think­ing about ap­ply­ing for the roles in year 11 or 12 af­ter get­ting en­cour­age­ment from var­i­ous peo­ple. Danielle said she started con­sid­er­ing it se­ri­ously af­ter mus­ing about it with Jor­dan. ‘‘He was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing,’’ she said.

Daniel started think­ing about af­ter it was sug­gested to him at the year 11 prize­giv­ing.

The group said they were mo­ti­vated by want­ing to help oth­ers and also knew it would look good on their CVs and when ap­ply­ing for schol­ar­ships.

They knew their big­gest chal­lenge would be in­creas­ing stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in ac­tiv­i­ties like sport days. ‘‘We want to im­prove this but we know it comes down to the stu­dents and their at­ti­tude at the end of the day and that is hard to change.’’

They also want to lessen the gap be­tween their year group and the year nines. ‘‘We are not scary peo­ple.’’

They would en­cour­age their year group to talk more with younger age groups and to cul­ti­vate an ap­proach­able im­age so they could give those younger groups more sup­port and ad­vice.

They en­cour­aged all stu­dents to ap­proach school, and their at­ti­tude to it, in a pos­i­tive way.’’ En­joy it be­cause it doesn’t last long.’’

Daniel, who re­ceived prizes at last year’s prize­giv­ing for com­ing top of dig­i­tal com­puter sci­ence, ac­count­ing and maths, said he was pretty con­fi­dent he would study com­puter sci­ence at Waikato Univer­sity next year. Tayla-Jay, who came first equal in English at the prize­giv­ing, was look­ing at study­ing to be­come a pri­mary school teacher at the same univer­sity. Jor­dan was look­ing at fol­low­ing his father into the po­lice force and Danielle might study ac­count­ing through a univer­sity or try and get an in­tern­ship with an ac­count­ing com­pany.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata Col­lege head girl Danielle Pearce, deputy boy Jor­dan Smith, head boy Daniel Lans­daal and deputy girl Tayla-Jay Dearlove will be aim­ing to pro­vide sup­port and ad­vice to all stu­dents to drive them in pos­i­tive di­rec­tions.

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