In a town that is growing, with a school that is growing, Pukekohe High School’s Head students for 2018 have a big job ahead of them.
Seventeen year olds Shey Eva, Angus Eason, Kate Fryer and Ellie Cato are ready to bring about change and incite school spirit.
Having been part of the school since year nine, they are proud of where they’ve got to. For Ellie and Kate, being a head student was a goal. “I knew I wanted a leadership position,” Ellie said. Kate said, “Sometimes I still can’t quite believe that this is where I am.”
Not so much for the boys, “If you’d asked me in year nine if I would be a head student, I would have said no,” Shey said. Despite that, all four young leaders are ready to get things moving. “The image of Pukekohe High School has changed over the years. The perspective is changing for the better,” Angus said.
Around 1800 students are currently enrolled at the high school. “This is the biggest year for students population wise. We have the biggest number of year nines that we’ve ever had,” Kate said.
After just a few weeks in the new role, the team say they have become better at time management, organisation and leadership.
“We’ve been finding our feet,” Ellie said, “but we’re doing pretty well.”
Shey said, “We all communicate well with each other. We’ve hit the ground running.”
While they all have big plans for after year 13, including studying engineering, med school, sport and event management and indigenous studies, their focus now is on making Pukekohe High the best it can be.
They say the wider leadership team is also on the same page. “We all have the same end goal, and there are so many able leaders at our school,” Kate said.
The head students have big plans for the year including events for spirit week, international week, academic week and well-being week.
“We want to cater to everyone. It doesn’t just have to be for one specific group,” Angus said.
“We really want to build school morale and pride,” they said, and have a focus on reaching the community by doing events in and for the community.
“We want to emphasise the school motto of honour, duty and right,” Shey said.