School leaders set for new year
Students at Waiheke High are in for an inspirational year under the guidance of its just-appointed prefects.
Head boy Hakawai Mahaki and head girl Kate Woodward will meet their team of eight prefects every Monday morning.
They will work towards a common goal of ensuring the school's students are given opportunities to be successful whatever their talents.
"We all had to attend a two-day prefect training programme at AUT to ensure self success - being successful is how you feel it should be, it's not always academic or sporty," the team says.
"Make your own goals, take your own roads - not just academic ones that you have to be successful on.
"We want to inspire and mentor students."
They agree the aim is similar to new principal Jude Young's vision of a school that is inclusive of everyone but say it is not something they have discussed with her.
Deputy principal Tony Sears appointed the team at the end of last year while he was acting principal.
The students say it was a tense time waiting to hear if they had been chosen particularly as their notification letters arrived in dribs and drabs.
"We kept checking with each other to see who had heard."
The heads and prefects Lachlan Balfour, Bryan Mauff, Lane Dawson, Trent Beauchamp, Kendall Beale, Lulu Caitcheon, Danika Perry and Maya Churchward-Smith will be working to plan and run events. Their areas of responsibility are split into five rounds - sporting, academic, multi-cultural, community and PR, and cultural - with the students working in pairs.
"It was introduced some years ago," Kate says, "and it seems to have worked well so we're continuing with it."
They will also be working in pairs patrolling the grounds and making themselves available to students who need help or have suggestions to make about the school.
Prefect Lane Dawson can take the ideas to the board of trustees as he is student representative until October.
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