Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Rachel Can­ning

“You can­not not in­flu­ence. Ev­ery­body has an op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence” was the mes­sage to the year 9 and 10 stu­dents from Tauhara Col­lege prin­ci­pal Keith Bunt­ting as he pre­sented the in­com­ing year 13 lead­ers at assem­bly on Tues­day morn­ing.

He en­cour­aged the stu­dents to bring a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence to 2019, and said it was very ex­cit­ing to have new lead­ers emerge. The prospec­tive head stu­dents were pre­sented — Tayhn Walden (head boy) and Sam­mie Maxwell (head girl), Paige Dow­nard (deputy head girl) and Danny Law­son-Jones (deputy head boy).

Af­ter assem­bly, the 2019 stu­dent lead­ers spoke to the Taupo & Tu­rangi Week­ender.

Tayhn ex­plained what he would like to bring in his role as Tauhara Col­lege head boy.

He said it was im­por­tant to him to have an im­pact on stu­dents who aren’t as heav­ily in­volved with the school, and he would en­cour­age stu­dents to get in­volved.

“If we [se­nior stu­dents] can do it [be in­volved with school ac­tiv­i­ties], then why can’t you?”

Fu­ture head girl Sam­mie says that she would like to make sure the school of­fers an en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one is com­fort­able, so they can en­joy their time at school.

“If we have a good school en­vi­ron­ment then the stu­dents can thrive, and it’s im­por­tant they can also achieve their in­di­vid­ual goals,” says Sam­mie.

Paige is the in­com­ing deputy head girl and she says she would like to in­ter­act with the younger peo­ple com­ing through the school to make their ex­pe­ri­ence “re­ally cool”.

In­com­ing deputy head boy Danny says that some­thing that is im­por­tant for him is stu­dents’ con­fi­dence.

He says he would like to in­ter­act with the stu­dents who don’t have con­fi­dence so they can find their place.

Photo / Rachel Can­ning

Tauhara Col­lege stu­dent lead­ers for 2019 were an­nounced on Mon­day night. From left: Danny Law­son-Jones (deputy head boy), Sam­mie Maxwell (head girl), Tayhn Walden (head boy), Paige Dow­nard (deputy head girl).

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