Student Leaders

Student Leadership is a Very Important Part of Te Puke High School

Meet our Student Leadership Team for 2021

Ellen Emerson, Head Girl

What is involved in my student leader role?

As Head Girl, I work alongside the Head Boy throughout the year to represent the student body at various functions and events; such as ANZAC day commemorations and school ceremonies. We also lead weekly meetings with the Student Executive Council to communicate and discuss with the other School Leaders from each area. We will work to promote the 5R’s and a positive school spirit throughout the school.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I aim to be positive and approachable to students from every year level. I want every student to feel safe and comfortable at school and I am willing to do my best to support everyone to feel this. I will encourage all students to get involved in as much as they can throughout their time at Te Puke High School. I will represent our school with pride, respect and confidence, and carry out my roles and responsibilities to my best ability. 

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want to be able to leave Te Puke High School feeling like we have made a positive influence on the student in the years to come. I want to maintain and grow the strong feeling of unity we are lucky to have in our school. I hope all students can realise the potential they have to reach their goals they wish to pursue. By demonstrating our core values throughout high school, this will develop a passion and motivation in us that we can take with us after we leave Te Puke High School and into our futures. 

Giovanni Rai, Head Boy

What is involved in my student leader role?

As the Head Boy, I work alongside our Head Girl to run the weekly Student Executive meetings and oversee all areas of our school. As Head Students, we promote the 5 R’s to ensure all akonga of our school are comfortable and enjoy being a part of Te Puke High School. We also represent the school in various community meetings and events such as ANZAC Day.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I want to encourage students to reach their potential and to strive for their best. I also want to see everyone around me thrive in this learning environment. I want to help students find new interests, learn new skills and talents that will help them in their everyday lives. The most important goal for me is to ensure that all students are striving with their learning. I will do the best of my ability to make sure that all students’ needs are met. 

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want our students to leave this school knowing that they were a strong, positive influence for not only our future students but to our wider community as well. I also would like to leave a legacy of helping students pursue their passions and also helping them strive for their best. ‘Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei. – Seek the treasure you value most dearly, for if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

By instilling the 5 R’s this will continue to help students every day, even when they depart Te Puke High School.

Hollie Tucker, Arts Leader

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Paul Taylor, Arts Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As the Male Arts Student Leader, I will be organising events throughout the year. I will be motivating and encouraging students to get involved with and express themselves through arts and to help out wherever I can. I believe that as an Arts Leader it is important that I communicate clearly with students and staff so we are on the same page and can work towards and achieve the goals we set as a team.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I am super keen to get lunchtime concerts happening once a month. It will be an event that students can look forward to and get involved. This event will be held on the deck of the Music room and will be open mic, allowing students to get up and express themselves through the arts. I also want to be a positive influence on the students of our school and get them involved. I also like the idea of more performances in which families can come along to showcase our work.

What legacy do I want to leave?

Arts whether it is painting, sculpting, drama, music, photography, graphic design, singing or dancing arts as a whole is something everyone can relate to whether it be actively participating or appreciating. As human beings it is important we express ourselves and escape from the hassles of everyday life and arts. The Arts have many ways to express. I want to help students realise their potential highlight and strengthen the power of the Arts. I want to be remembered as a man of my word and will do my utmost to achieve the goals we set as Student Leaders.  Or as the kid who plays the drums too loud.

Kim Kaur, Cultural Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As the Female Cultural Leader, I work alongside our Male Cultural Leader Te Mote Marsh and Whaea Kristina who is the Teacher In Charge for the Cultural Committee and other teachers as well. I will make sure students from different cultural backgrounds feel comfortable and are given the chance to bring their unique ideas to the table. Te Puke High School is composed of many cultures. Students may be native, they may have immigrated or they may be International students. I want each and everybody to feel that they are unique, they are being respected and are welcomed in every way. 

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

My common goal is to raise cultural awareness within our school and its community. I want others to learn the art of building relationships with others and defining identities. There should be a very good understanding and knowing the importance of other cultures as we all live in the same world, same country, full of cultural diversity. A positive cultural environment provides a safe learning place where people from all different cultures can thrive. Our cultural committee plays an important role in the school as it promotes positive awareness of cultural diversity.

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want to leave a legacy of the students at Te Puke High School having a very good understanding of other cultures, the importance of cultures in our lives, the importance of cultural diversity wherever they go. Always remembering “The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.”

Te Mote Marsh, Cultural Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As the Male Cultural Leader, I work closely with my co-leader Kim Kaur and Whaea Kristina who is the TIC for the Cultural Committee. Part of being a Cultural Leader is to be the pillar of all cultural activities held within the school. In addition, I work alongside the rest of the Student Leaders and House Captains in the Student Executive Council where we make vital decisions that would benefit the learning, safety, and wellbeing of our students. Most importantly to embrace the culture we have in our Kura.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

Culture is not what you are but who you are. I want to help the Te Puke High School community and possibly even the wider community to be true to themselves and be true to their potential because I believe we can do so much especially if we work together. I think it would be vital for us to come closer together, to unite and to work harder than ever before because we owe that much to ourselves especially during this tragic global pandemic the world continues to fight as unity is the best of all cultures.

What legacy do I want to leave?

There are two words as I think of culture. One being unity and two being identity. As I take my final steps through our beautiful school I hope to have somehow contributed to the unity of our school in a way it hasn’t come together before. I also hope to have seasoned our school with the hope that people can feel comfortable with who they are and who they identity.

Jorja Mouat, Sports Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As your Female Sports Leader I will dedicate my time towards enhancing sports at Te Puke High School, working alongside Ben Hopkins our Sports Co-ordinator and our other Male Sports Leader – Damian Jones. We have weekly meetings for upcoming sports events and how to improve and encourage more students to get involved in different codes and activities at Te Puke High School. 

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I applied for the Sports Leader role to encourage all students at Te Puke High School including our Te Ringa Awhina-Special Education Unit to Aim High in their chosen codes. I can also help younger athletes to overcome big or small injuries throughout the year.  

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want to leave a legacy that I have shown determination after a massive sporting injury to get back onto the field/court and show the younger generation that a setback will turn into a comeback.  

Damian Jones, Sports Leader

What is involved in my student leader role?

As a Sports Leader my involvement in the school is to work alongside Ben Hopkins our Sports Co ordinator to ensure that the student voices are heard when it comes to sport. I am also part of the Executive Council which includes weekly meetings where I will share my feedback that I have gathered from our students.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I applied for the Sports Leader role so I could promote my determination towards growing the involvement at Te Puke High School. My goals throughout the year is to lift the sporting involvement within our cohort and encourage students to be the best they can be in their chosen codes. By ensuring this I think this will improve the mindset of our younger generation not only in sport but with academics too.

What legacy do I want to leave?

I want to leave the legacy of inspiring fellow students to get involved in as much as they can because an opportunity missed, is a door that did not open. A wise man said “whoever told you the sky is the limit, does not know about the universe”. 

Brayden Cresswell, Student Trustee

What is involved in my student leader role?

As a Student Representative on the Board of Trustees, I will ensure that the student’s voice is heard on issues concerning governance. I work with a range of people on plans for the coming years. I work for the school and provide insight regardless of my own views or opinions. I believe that a student representative works for the benefit of the students and their goals, choices, and actions should reflect that.

What I propose to do in my student leader role?

I want to help as many future students as possible and assist in making a productive and efficient learning environment that helps every student achieve their version of success. It is a firm belief that every student deserves the same opportunities as any other student in the country. I hope to begin paving a pathway to assist our students in achieving the highest standards, in whichever form that may be. 

What legacy do I want to leave?

A legacy is planting a seed that you may never get to see. I hope to have provided a service and that I can look back and say with pride that I did a good job. I hope to have been a Leader that listens to those around him. When myriad is down, I work hard, but when my head comes up again, I listen.

Meet our House Captains for 2021

Each of the five houses (Blake, Hillary, Morihana, Ngata and Sheppard) are led by two student House Captains and a teacher, who is the Head of House.
The student House Captains for this year are:

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Megan Cross

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Lyndon Downes

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Meghan McKay

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Jayden Woods

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Karlina Steiner

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Impala Hawera

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Ella Brick

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Jessica Pepperell

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Elyssa Russell

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