Meet the 2017 col­lege lead­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata Col­lege’s 2017 head boy and girl are look­ing for­ward to their new roles, in­spired by the ac­tions and words of pre­vi­ous lead­ers.

Awhina Pearce and Kaleb Reid have been named as next year’s school lead­ers.

Talia Parker and Ben­jamin Lin­coln will serve in deputy roles.

‘‘It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,’’ said Kaleb.

It was a former school leader Joseph Freeman whom Kaleb says he is in­spired by.

‘‘When I was in year nine I played bas­ket­ball and I had the priv­i­lege to train with him, and the se­nior boys,’’ Kaleb says.

‘‘I didn’t have any friends there and sat by my­self. Then he came over and talked to me and looked out for me. ‘‘Now I strive to be like him.’’ Awhina says it was Con­nor Paki’s end-of-year speech which in­spired her. The speech was about the pride Con­nor felt in rep­re­sent­ing the school as a Maori per­son and rep­re­sent­ing his cul­ture.

‘‘It re­ally in­spired me to do that for our ju­niors,’’ she says.

The four lead­ers agree that the role has made them think about their first ex­pe­ri­ences at the col­lege.

‘‘Just four years ago we were think­ing how much cooler and

‘‘Be­ing a leader gives us the po­ten­tial next year to make our own mark on the school.’’

wiser the year 13s seemed than us,’’ says Awhina.

‘‘And now we are go­ing to be those peo­ple, lead­ing the ju­niors.’’

She says in the com­ing year, the lead­ers are all head­ing into the New Year with fresh ideas.

‘‘Be­ing a leader gives us the po­ten­tial next year to make our own mark on the school and see the im­prove­ments that can hap­pen come into light. The aim is to get back the school spirit that comes with be­ing a close knit group of stu­dents. I think that’s a year 13 at­ti­tude change that will re­ally come in next year.’’

Talia says be­ing named part of the school leader team has been hum­bling. She says there were strong can­di­dates for the boys and girls.

‘‘The group of girls on the short list was such a good group, it could have gone any way.’’

REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata Col­lege 2017 school lead­ers Awhini Pearce, Kaleb Reid, Talia Parker and Ben­jamin Lin­coln.

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