Leaders love maths and kapa haka

22:55, Feb 24 2013
William Macdonal
Top team: Bohally Intermediate School head pupils for 2013 William Macdonald, left, and Jalen-Rose Graham-King.

Some things never change: year 8 Bohally Intermediate School pupil and this year's head boy William Macdonald thinks playtime is the best part about school.

However, he and year 8 head girl Jalen-Rose Graham-King share as much enthusiasm for maths and kapa haka.

"Playtime is the best part, but maths is my favourite subject - and PE [physical education," William said.

Yazmin Shipley
Milan Cunliffe-Post and Yazmin Shipley

Jalen-Rose agreed, saying that she also enjoyed maths.

Both were excited about being given the chance to lead the school as role models for the year 7 pupils and looked forward to the many extra-curricular opportunities of the year ahead, including participating in this year's regional kapa haka competition.

William is a keen and talented rugby player. Among his other rugby achievements, he has represented Marlborough and received the title of Most Valued Player for the past six years, and is also a member of the school's rugby team. He hoped to play rugby professionally when he left school.


Jalen-Rose, who was in the school's Maori extension class Te Awatea last year, also had her sights set high for when she left school.

"After college I want to go to university to study law," she said.

William and Jalen-Rose are joined in their roles as school leaders by deputy head pupils Mikeylea Peter and Campbell Gill, both in year 8, and Ghananta Duppati and Ben Alexander, in year 7.

To be selected for the positions, the pupils had to be nominated by their peers and shortlisted by Bohally Intermediate School principal Andrew Read. They then had to make a persuasive speech that vouched for their leadership abilities in front of the whole school.

"It did sort of take you out of your comfort zone," Ghananta said.

Mr Read was pleased with the final selection decision.

"We've got a top team of students this year," he said.

The Marlborough Express