Students told to set goals, dream big
A handful of homegrown heroes called in on Manawatu schools to share their stories of success.
More than 300 New Zealand leaders visited classrooms throughout New Zealand yesterday to mark the start of The Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week, which runs until Friday.
This year's leadership week theme is "Make it Happen", with local leaders sharing stories from their careers, what they've learned, having goals and the drive to make their dreams happen.
Palmerston North Girls' High, Russell Street and Central Normal schools in Palmerston North, as well as Tararua College in Pahiatua, Kumeroa Hopelands School, near Woodville, and Foxton Primary School, all hosted leaders from near their schools.
Corporal Antony "Sid" Gihon and environmentalist Alistair Cole visited Roslyn School in Palmerston North.
Ohakea-based Gihon, 23, works in the air force in force protection where he leads a team of five people who travel the world guarding multimillion-dollar aircraft on missions.
Gihon grew up in the Middle East, moved to New Zealand when he was 11 and says he has wanted to join the armed forces since then.
"You guys are the same age now when I was when I had my dream," Gihon told the class of year 7 and 8s - aged 11 to 13. "Which was to join the Defence Force and help people. And, now, six years later, I am doing exactly that," he said.
"You can do whatever you'd like to do, you've just go to make sure you think long and hard about what you want to achieve and how you're going to get there.
"Set your goal, dream big and make sure you work towards it, because nothing is impossible, especially if you work hard."
Alistair Cole, from Landcare Trust, told the students about the rewarding and challenging nature of his career choice, working with animals and promoting biodiversity.