While his schoolmates prepare to leave Nelson to travel or study, Nelson College student Larry Banse, 17, is looking forward to another year at school, in service of a dream.
Larry, who plays No 8 for the college's First XV and was in the New Zealand under-17 rugby squad, is coming back for another year of study to fulfil a longtime dream of playing rugby for the New Zealand secondary schools team.
He said he had been driven by this ambition since he was in year 9.
"It's something I could aim for, a talent, something I could leave the school with knowing that I had achieved. It's pretty up there."
Larry, who also recently made the Tasman Makos under-18 team, said playing at a national level would set him up well for a future in the sport.
"All the coaches watch those [NZ Schoolboys] games, they keep an eye on you, offer you scholarships."
His focus on sporting success had come at the expense of his studies, so he was also coming back to school to gain more qualifications and earn University Entrance.
While he was happy with his decision to come back to school, the move did have its downsides, he said. "All my mates are year 13, they are leaving next year so I will have no-one there."
He hoped to go to Victoria University to study law - either to become a lawyer or because it was a "nice thing to have on your CV".
Larry is no stranger to doing his own thing: unlike many of his friends and most of those his age, he prefers to stay home at the weekend rather than partying, and he never drinks.
"My parents have said when I'm 18 I can go clubbing but I don't want to. Every weekend I'm just staying home watching TV or I'm over at my missus' house. It sounds boring to you. I just amuse myself."
This was out of respect for his family, he said.
"I'm an only child and I got brought up by my parents to not do that sort of thing.
"Everywhere I go I carry my parents' name. If I was to do something bad it would reflect badly on them."
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