Head girl excited by new challenge

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Last updated 07:27 12/12/2012
Georgie Crawford
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Georgie Crawford: The 2013 head girl at Marlborough Girls’ College, in Blenheim.

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Georgie Crawford says Marlborough Girls' College has given her so many opportunities she wants to give something back.

The 17-year-old Blenheim student will get her chance next year when she is head girl of the college.

The prefects for 2013 were announced during the school's final senior assembly on Monday morning. Georgie's deputy is Madeleine Gibson.

While principal Karen Stewart and deputy principal Jo Chamberlain told Georgie her role during a meeting last week, she said it had taken a while to sink in.

"I'm just hoping I can pick up the skills for it as I go along," she said yesterday.

The accomplished netball and volleyball player was looking forward to leading the prefects and developing relationships with staff and younger students.

"For me, Marlborough Girls' College has given me so many opportunities, so it's really important for me to be able to give back to the school," she said.

Georgie has already contributed through her involvement in volleyball and netball, in leadership and academic roles.

She was named sportsperson of the year at the college sports prizegiving in September and has also represented the college in volleyball nationally and internationally after being selected in the New Zealand women's volleyball team that travelled to Vietnam in May for the invitation-only VTV Cup.

Mrs Stewart said Georgie had displayed the qualities for the position during her school years as a leader, role model and representative for students.

"It's about seeing the needs of the school community and working towards that greater good," Mrs Stewart said.

"She's a good all-rounder and a very thoughtful young woman. She's got clear leadership skills, she's able to relate to her peers and she's well respected by students and staff throughout the school."

Part of taking on the position included attending Outward Bound in Anakiwa for 10 days in January.

All prefects would get together for an orientation day before the start of the new school year.

The college has declined to release the full list of prefects for next year until it tells the junior students at the beginning of the school year.

The juniors finish the school year today after their prizegiving ceremony.

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- The Marlborough Express

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