Meet our Student Leadership Team for 2022

Faith Eru, Head Girl

What is involved in my student leader role?

My role as Head Girl gives me the opportunity to grow my leadership skills and explore new aspects of what being a leader involves. I have the great responsibility of running weekly executive meetings alongside our Head Boy, working with all our leaders to organise and discuss events/activities that are beneficial for our rangatahi and kura. I encourage the students towards a positive direction to be the best version of themselves they can be by demonstrating our core values, the 5Rś. I also represent our school and the student body with pride and respect on many occasions throughout the year both in school and in the wider community, such as ANZAC day and school functions.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I will provide guidance among students and help inspire others by sharing my experiences and knowledge. I will lead by example; exhibiting courage, confidence, and commitment. I will bring positive energy and a vibrant school spirit, to help uplift and empower the students to get involved in all areas of school life. I hope to build a stronger bond between all year levels and create a comfortable environment where all students feel safe and happy to express themselves. And I will do my best to make the student’s and staff’s visions of our school a reality.

What legacy do I want to leave?

I would like to leave a legacy where I have made a positive impact on the current and future rangatahi of Te Puke High School. I also hope to have instilled belief in themselves, their abilities, and their own great potential so they keep the mindset that they are never aiming too high nor are their dreams too big. I hope to have been seen for more than just my title, but as a supportive leader and friend, who offered a helping hand and gave guidance, having contributed to building strong, positive relationships between all year levels and staff.

Takabwebwe Kabuati, Head Boy

What is involved in my student leader role?

As Head Boy, I hope to be a positive role model and contribute in a positive way to all aspects of school life. I enjoy sports and cultural activities, so I hope to be especially effective in these areas. As Head Boy, I will be involved with official functions e.g. attending  ANZAC day and open days. In my position I need to communicate regularly with the Senior Leadership Team, the Student Executive Council, and the Student Body. I will be reliable, attend meetings, and complete set tasks where required. I will take opportunities presented to me and develop my leadership skills.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

As Head Boy, I am going to lead the Student Executive meetings and effectively complete tasks that the Executive Council decides upon, like mufti days. The activities we drive as the Executive Council are activities that will benefit other students at Te Puke High School and enhance our school spirit. I hope that the work we do will also in some way benefit the community.  I hope to also promote a positive school spirit so students are inspired to come to school every day. I will be a positive role model to the students in terms of my attitude and leadership.

What legacy do I want to leave?

When I leave Te Puke High School, I want to be remembered as a helpful, hardworking young man, who leads by example. I want to teach others about the importance of service before self; which means to look after others before you look after yourself. In my Kiribati community, this is an important value to have. I want to inspire students who come from the Pacific Islands, that they can be leaders too and get top leadership roles, no matter what their first language is or how small the island is that they come from. I also want to be recognized as a student who did not consider English as a barrier but saw it as an opportunity to learn and improve.

Jasrose Mallhi, Arts Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As the female Arts Leader, it is my responsibility to plan and participate in activities throughout the year. We will encourage pupils at Te Puke High School to participate in the Arts, together with my co-leader Caleb Pepperell. We will be operating the Arts Committee, as well as several other events throughout the school, with the help of the Arts teachers.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I want students at Te Puke High School to get involved in the Arts and enhance the skills of the many talented students within our Kura. One of my goals is to be someone who younger students look up to and can turn to for advice. I want to be a role model not only in the Arts but also in school.

What legacy do I want to leave?

I hope that when I leave Te Puke High School I leave a legacy of always being kind and generous. I specifically hope that I leave behind the fact that I was deeply involved in both curricular and extra-curricular activities; that I cared about the school and was constantly trying to improve and increase how Te Puke High School can serve its students.

Caleb Pepperell, Arts Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

My Student leader role this year is the male Arts Leader of TPHS. I am predominantly in charge of the arts in this school and I am also in charge of running the Arts committee. I’m looking forward to running all of the arts this year as I have been heavily involved with the performing arts over my last four schooling years.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I want to bring the energy and emotion of others towards the arts. I want to encourage people to get involved and lead by example. I want to be a role model and be someone people look up to.

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want to be a role model. I want to leave school with younger students saying ” I want to be in the arts and perform on stage”. I want other students going for the role of arts leader because they enjoy the arts so much because they were encouraged to step outside their comfort zones.

Leleai Titi, Cultural Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As Cultural Leader, my role includes working alongside my co-leader Raman Toor and the teacher in charge of the Cultural Committee – Mrs Peina.  We will also be working alongside other teachers that are involved in the cultural committee. Part of my role is to organise the cultural activities, language weeks and cultural night. I’m encouraging more students to be part of more cultural events, committees and be proud of where they come from.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I want to communicate effectively with the Executive Council, the Cultural Committee, at assemblies, with SLT, Mrs Peina, Raman, and the Pasifika Leadership Council. I also want to do all that I can as a leader to inspire more people to get involved in the cultural committee and cultural week. To create opportunities where students can be proud of and share their cultures, to break down racism in our school.

What legacy do I want to leave?

The legacy I hope to leave behind, is one where Kiribati and Samoan students look up to me and can see that although we are from small islands in the Pacific, we can achieve leadership positions and other great achievements at Te Puke High School. I hope to be a great role model. I want to show junior students how to make the most of their time at high school and to be respectful while they do it. I want to be remembered as being a kind, respectful, hardworking, and loyal Leader.

Raman Toor, Cultural Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As a Cultural Leader, I work alongside my co-leader Leleai Titi and Mrs Peina who is the Teacher-in-Charge of the Cultural Committee. In my Student Leader role, I make sure students from different cultural backgrounds feel welcomed and respected. I will make sure that each and everybody feels that their culture is celebrated and acknowledged in every way. I will be organising Cultural events throughout the year and motivating students to get involved. I am also part of the Executive Council where I will attend weekly meetings and discuss with other Student Leaders the decisions we could make to benefit our students.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

Using my positive energy and time, I will make sure that Te Puke High school is a place where diversity is celebrated and appreciated. I will represent my culture with pride and carry out my responsibilities to the best of my ability. My aim is to encourage students to get involved in the cultural activities that are held within the school. My most important goal is to raise cultural awareness within our school. I will make sure that everyone recognizes and appreciates each other’s cultures. In addition to planning cultural events that contribute to the school spirit, I will be the voice of minority cultures at Te Puke High School and will encourage everyone to embrace their cultures.

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want to leave a legacy of being a visionary leader who wants every student of Te Puke High School to become an “agent of change”, and a strategist leader who promotes open-mindedness and spreads cultural awareness. I will make sure that Te Puke High School is home to diversity and respect where all cultures are acknowledged and appreciated. I want to be able to leave Te Puke High School feeling like everyone understands the importance of unity in a multicultural society and feeling like Te Puke High School is a place where things such as exclusion and bullying will never be accepted.

Manaia Peina, Sports Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

In my role as Sports Leader, I will attend the Executive meetings every week. I will also assist Ben Hopkins our Sports Co-ordinator and help to run the Sports Prize Giving. I will be involved in all of the sports days, like Athletics Day, Swimming Sports, Cross Country, etc.  I will also run the Sports Committee meetings.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I propose that in my Sports Leader role I will attend meetings, be on time, and be organised. I will help our Sports Co-ordinator Ben Hopkins. I will also promote sport at House assemblies and help with House events. I want to make changes to students’ perceptions about sport to show that it is fun. I will also support the Head Boy and Head Girl and other leaders.

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want people to remember me because when I start something that continues once I am gone and it becomes a new part of Te Puke High School and sport. I want people to remember me because I was always involved, reliable, and committed to my role. I want people to remember me for doing a good job and motivating others to apply for the role the following year.

Ezekiel McNeill, Sports Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As Sports Leader, my involvement in the school is to work alongside Manaia Peina, our female sports leader, and Ben Hopkins, our sports coordinator, in voicing the opinions of sport and physical education among the students at Te Puke High School. I am also involved in student executive meetings which are accompanied by the student leaders of Te Puke High School.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I applied for the position of Sports Leader with the intention of encouraging students to further engage in their sport of choice. My goal this year is to inspire the students of Te Puke High School, whether they are heavily involved in sport or not, to consider being a part of the variety of sports Te Puke High School has to offer. In addition to this, I wish to encourage the students not only with their efforts in sport but with academics as well.

What legacy do I want to leave?

The legacy I want to leave is one that has inspired many to have been more focused on physical activities implemented within the school and in turn having fun in the process. As a wise man said, and a quote I live by, “Great leaders inspire greatness in others”.

Harry Singh, Student Trustee

What is involved in my student leader role?

I am the Student Board of Trustee Representative to provide strategic leadership and governance of the school/kura.  I make governance decisions with other Board of Trustees members that are in the best interests of all students at Te Puke High School, using all the information available.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I want to help and assist future and current students by laying the groundwork so they can focus on being the best version of themselves for academic success. I desire to make a path that all students can follow and lead them to become successful.

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want my legacy to be like money, where it can be used thousands of times and still have the value in which it started to be passed on. One day I want to look back on my time at Te Puke High School and realise that I have done enough to make future and current students succeed.