Making a difference
“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.
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).