Be­ing real the se­cret to Luke’s suc­cess

To­day we con­tinue our cov­er­age of head stu­dents from the area, with the in­tro­duc­tion of head boy Luke van Vliet from Hau­raki Plains Col­lege.

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lege Luke van Vliet 17

Name: Age: School:

Hau­raki Plains Col-

De­scribe how you achieved the hon­our of be­ing named head stu­dent?

I feel I man­aged to achieve this hon­our from do­ing no more than be­ing my­self. As I never wanted to put up a fake front, this al­lowed the teach­ers of the school to get to know me more as a real per­son.

Goals for the year?

To achieve NCEA Level 3 with ex­cel­lence.

To leave the school know­ing that there wasn’t any­thing more I could do to make it a bet­ter place.

Goals for next year?

To start at uni­ver­sity and to hope­fully get a job that I en­joy.

Lastly to be­come a bet­ter per­son (I can al­ways im­prove).

High­light of your se­condary ed­u­ca­tion so far?

All the op­por­tu­ni­ties that I have been able pur­sue through the school and get­ting to know so many great stu­dents and teach­ers.

Favourite sub­ject and why?

Mu­sic, be­cause that is my cur­rent pas­sion and you get to be in­ven­tive with the ideas that you have.

Study tip?

Al­ways have what you are want­ing to achieve in mind be­cause if you lose that thought ev­ery­thing be­comes that lit­tle bit harder.

Also writ­ing up ques­tion­naires for your peers is a good idea. It helps if you phys­i­cally write down the ques­tions and an­swers - plus, it is good prac­tice for your peers in that class.

What do you like most about your school?

What I love most about Hau­raki Plains Col­lege is the ver­sa­til­ity of what the school does.

And if the school doesn’t of­fer some­thing that you like to do they will al­ways con­sider of­fer­ing it.

Lastly the stu­dent voice is out­stand­ing, with stu­dents get­ting lis­tened to and some­times their ideas get­ting used. For ex­am­ple, bot­tle fill­ing sta­tions around the school.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most and why?

Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary is def­i­nitely who ad­mire the most.

This is mainly be­cause his pas­sion drove him to com­plete what no man had ever done and he en­cour­aged many oth­ers to want to be like him.

If I was Prime Min­is­ter I’d…

Fo­cus on get­ting rid of seg­re­ga­tion and racism and to help the econ­omy. When all these three are work­ing well to­gether a coun­try is truly great.

Lastly, I would want to be a Prime Min­is­ter who takes oth­ers into con­sid­er­a­tion and is some­one that ev­ery­one wants to be.

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