Students
Student Leaders 2017

Student leadership is a very important part of Te Puke High School and many opportunities are provided for our students to work in leadership roles at each year level.  In particular, leadership is viewed as an important quality of our senior students who are recognised as important role models.

Head Girl  
Erika Lilley
 

What is involved in my student leader role?
As head girl, I work in a tight parthership with Isaac.  We represent the student body within the school and out in the community.  My role includes being the chairperson, alongside Isaac, of the Student Executive Council, which is formed by the student leaders of our school.  I will also be involved in different committees which are created to either organise events for the students or raise awareness of something we feel is important.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?
I want to bring people together, and create a sense of unity within Te Puke High School.  I also want to actively contribute to our school and community.  I will encourage and motivate students to take as many of the opportunities that they are offered, whether it be sports, cultural or the arts.  I want to be a postive role model and a friendly face that people feel as though they can come to with any issue or ideas that they would like to express.

What legacy do I want to leave?
I want to be viewed as someone who is genuine and willing to help anyone with anything.  I hope to be seen as someone who is passionate about our school, and encourages other to make the most of their time at Te Puke High School.  Also as someone who has pride in our school and was determined to help make positive change.

   
Head Boy  
Isaac Gunson
 

What is involved in my student leader role?

Erika and I assist the other Sudent Leaders, the Senior Leadership Team, House Captains, staff and fellow students in the management and leadership of the school.  We often find ourselves with speaking roles at assemblies, or representing the school at out-of-school functions.  We lead the Student Executive Council, which makes important decisions about a number of different events that take place at Te Puke High School.  We also form a tangible link betwen the Senior Leadership of the school and the student body to help create the best possible learning environment that this school can offer.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?
It has been a number of years since Te Puke High School published a yearbook, and in recent time the mood and calling for it has significantly shifted.  I would love to get this initiative functioning this year and running smoothly in the years after we leave.  I also strive to listen to the students around me and bring about changes that they seek where possible.  Everyone's opinion has equal value in my eyes, as we are all created equal.  A student's popularity does not enhance the importance or their opinion, but rather gives them a platform.  I intend to provide a platform where all students feel that they can contribute ideas and opinions to have their say in the effective management of the school and its events.

What what legacy do I want to leave?
When I first arrived at Te Puke High School, it was quite a different school.  There was a different atmosphere and less connection between students.  Over the years this has developed and improved.  I aim to continue to help build relationships between staff and students, and cultivate a positive student atmosphere that all can prosper from in the years to come, regardless of their background or circumstances.

   
Arts Leaders  
Sarah Walmsley
 

What is involved in my student leader role?
In my role, I co-represent the Performing Arts within our school.  Alongside Jed, we run the Performing Arts Committee, which organises many art events throughout the year, including Lip Synch, Production and the School Talent Quest.  In addition to this, I am part of the Student Executive Committee, which help to organise school events.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?
I am passionate about the Performing Arts.  It is a big part of my life.  So, in my role I want to aim towards encouraging students to become more involved with the Arts.  I believe our students are fortunate to have the range of opportunities to be involved in a range of Performing Arts events thoughout the year.  I want to promote and encourage students to be involved in the Performing Arts at Te Puke High School.

What what legacy do I want to leave?
I hope to leave school knowing that the students following will continue to get involved and enjoy every aspect of that Performing Arts.  I want to have inspired and encouraged others to step out of their comfort zone, and build their self confidence.  I hope to be remembered as someone who was always dedicated to the Arts and a student who was always ready to help.  I want to help grow the Arts within our school and continue to create a positive place for students to express themselves.

Jed Nicholson
 

What is involved in my student leader role?
As a Performing Arts Leader, I am expected to oversee and co-ordinate a number of events throughout the year.  Some of these events include Lip Synch, the School Production and Talent Quest.  I also will be helping to run the Performing Arts Committee alongside Sarah.  As part of the Student Executive Committee, I will also be working with other leaders to organise school-wide events.  As a student leader, I will also be respresenting the school at a number of events throughout the year.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?
I aim to encourage students of all ages to get more involved in activities throughout the school.  I want to help create a positive environment within the school without discrimination, where all students feel accepted.  I want to support students to make the most of the opportunuties that arise in our school.

What what legacy do I want to leave?
I want 2017 to be a standout year for staff and students.  I hope this year will be remembered as one where there was a positive atmosphere where everyone felt safe to explore who they are.  I want to be remembered as someone who was an activley particpating member of the school, who helped foster great realtionships between staff and students, enabling everyone to reach their full potential.

   
Cultural Leaders
 
Parminder Kaur
 

What is involved in my student leader role?
As a Cultural Leader, my role consists of promoting the acceptance of the growing cultural diversity among students and staff.  Wiremu and I lead the Cultural Committee, and are in charge of organising events and activities such as the Cultural Concert, international sports, games and activites at school, cultural market day and Cultural Week.  Throughout the year, we also help to promote and support groups such as Pasifika by Nature.  I also hold the position of Secretary on the Student Executive Council.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?
I aim to help promote awareness amongst students and staff about  the growing cultural diversity.  I want to encourage students and staff to get involved in the many activites on offer at school.  I would also like to establish more cultural events that would enable student to build strong relationships within the school and the wider community.  I hope to help creat a positive atmosphere around the school in which students can comfortably express themselves and take pride in who they are.

What what legacy do I want to leave?
At the end of the year, I would like to have contributed to encouraging a positive and friendly environment around school that everyone can benefit from.  I would like to have inspired more students to get involved in school events, and encourage students to embrace the differences and similarities that contribute to the diversity within the school and help to make it a truly unique place.

Wiremu Winiata
 

What is involved in my student leader role?
My position involves me working alongside Parminder, as well as with Mrs Peina to promote and celebrate our diverse cultures at Te Puke High School.  Through the Cultural Committee, I will be responsible for helping to organise cultural activities such as Culture Week, Cultural Gala and Cultural Performances.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?
I want to add more activities, such as a cultural music performances during lunchtimes and a house haka competition to encourage involvement during Culture Week.  I want to promote student involvement in Pasifika by Nature.  I would also like to assist in deepening the understanding of Maori culture in our school.

What what legacy do I want to leave?
I wish to leave the school knowing that the students of Te Puke High School have a better appreciation and understanding of cultures of our school.  I would like to see Kapa Haka up and running.

   
Sports Leaders
 
Ella Logan
 

What is involved in my student leader role?
In my role as Sport Leader, my responsibilties include: leading the Sports Committee alongside my co-leader Hugh, and being an active member of the Student Executive Council.  As a leader of the Sports Committee, I work closely alongside of teachers and the members of the committee to organise major school sporting events such as: lunchtime activities, Athletics Championships, Swimming Sports and the Cross Country and Sports Awards Evening.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?
I want to encourage others to be invovled in sport at Te Puke High School and reach their full potential.  I wish to be involved in a wide range of school and community activities and listen to the voice of the students.  I want to promote enthusiasm and a passion for Te Puke High School and the values it holds.  As a leader, I always want to demostrate the importance of being who we are and not be afraid to express yourself.

What what legacy do I want to leave?
I want to leave the legacy that Sport is just as important as all other areas of the school curriculum.  I would like to leave the legacy that Te Puke High School is a really cool place to learn, excel and belong to, and for the students and teachers to be proud of the diverse school and community and embrace our differences.

Hugh Hawkey
 

What is involved in my student leader role?
As Sports Leader, I am responsible for helping young athletes of all year levels to push themselves and get the most out of the sports they are playing.  I want to encourage people to be involved with sports activities at school such as Athletics and Swimming Sports and co-curricular sporting activities.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?
I am going to be a role model.  I would like to develop and elite sports programme that follows on from Plus Ultra in the Senior School.

What what legacy do I want to leave?
I want to leave the legacy at Te Puke High School that talent and hard work are two different things.  Through hard work you can achieve more than the talent you may have.