School leaders hope to empower students
Sarah Clifford and Matiutaera Marino have been appointed head girl and head boy for 2013 at Okaihau College.
Monita Skipworth and Makatu'u Livai have been appointed joint deputy head girl.
Sarah's message to fellow students is "Be proud to represent our school in sports, academic and extra-curricular activities. When you get to year 13 you realise how quickly time has flown and there is no going back so have no regrets".
Matiutaera aims to help push younger students to give everything a go and will make the most of all opportunities presented to him.
Monita hopes to make a positive change in someone's life through her mentoring work. She would also love to lead Kauri House to success in the annual inter-house competition.
Makatu'u wants to encourage as many students as possible to participate in school activities. Her advice to students: "Never let fear get you down or keep you from winning a race" and "Set goals beyond your limits".
The selection panel was a mix of year 13 students and staff who interviewed the candidates, taking into account their contribution to our school in previous years. Never an easy decision but it is a robust process, principal Alan Forgie says.