Discovering life outside school
Danniella Donnelly is colouring up her life.
The year 12 Matamata College student works one day a week at U B U Hair Design Limited through the college Gateway programme.
She, along with two other Gateway students, works under the supervision of U B U owner/operator Wendy Ross.
Wendy is a passionate teacher and she enjoys having the students in her salon.
‘‘I love teaching. My father was Scout leader for 30 years, so I see it as my way to give back to the community like he did.’’
Through Gateway, Danniella is gaining experience in not only hairdressing, but is expanding her communication skills by taking calls, conversing with the clients in the salon and gaining valuable experience in administration.
Matamata College Gateway teacher Kym Bolton-Hampton says Gateway has been great for Danniella, to help her see her potential outside of a classroom.
‘‘The great thing about Gateway is Danniella can see herself beyond school. She needs to able to see her potential that isn’t solely tied up in school. So getting experience is increasing her skill set so she can apply for a job.
‘‘She will be better at interviews and increase those soft skills that students need that make them better in the workforce in general.’’
For Wendy, she can see first hand how Gateway has helped Danniella grow as a person.
‘‘I find her delightful. She is shy, but we make her ring clients and communicate with them, so she is coming out of herself.
‘‘Danniella could make it in hairdressing 110 per cent. She turns up at 8.30am and always goes that step extra and that’s why I would employ her.’’
Danniella went into hairdressing because styling hair is something she likes to do and wanted to learn more about the industry. Through Gateway and under Wendy’s mentoring, she has gained just that.
Matamata College Gateway student Danniella Donnelly.