Our 2022 Head Prefects are from left:
Whanaungatanga Prefect: Juliet Heaton, Deputy Head Prefect: Kala Payinda, Head Prefect: Emily Stolwerk, Principal: Philip Coombe, Head Prefect: Jamie Taylor, Deputy Head Prefect: Henry Storey, Deputy Head Prefect: Natalya Newman
Our full list of prefects is as follows:
Jamie Taylor (Head Prefect), Liam Monadjem (Whānau Prefect), Scott Slater (Prefect), Ryan Smith (Whānau Prefect), Connor Amsterdam (Whānau Prefect), Connan Wiegersma (Prefect), Will Trubshaw (Prefect), Natalya Newman (Deputy Head Prefect), Juliet Heaton (Whanaungatanga Deputy Head Prefect), Alice McGregor (Whānau Prefect), Sasha Butterworth (Prefect), Emily Stolwerk (Head Prefect), Kala Payinda (Deputy Head Prefect), Julia Wallace (Prefect), Jessica Gardner (Prefect), Amelie McIlhinney (Prefect), Henry Storey (Deputy Head Prefect), Blake Watkins (Prefect), Ben Magee (Prefect)
As members of the Prefect Team at Huanui College, they are a special group. Our Prefects take on important positions of responsibility in the school.
If you’re a student reading this; Huanui is not as scary as it may seem. We all have our nervous thoughts. Fortunately for us, we have a great support system here – especially with the low teacher to student ratio, which is rare. This allows students to feel valued and appreciated which is one of my main priorities. A little bit of advice from me would include to HAVE A GO at anything that appeals to you – even if your friends are not interested. This is how you will learn to have the most fun and be the best version of yourself.
This year at Huanui, I would like to work on and see an improvement in the connections between students, particularly those within their respective Whānau groups.
My message to my fellow students is to take advantage of every opportunity Huanui College offers, take advantage of the various sporting codes we support, take advantage of the activities on offer for Period Seven and take advantage of the education! Having classes with relatively lower numbers means that you have the opportunity to build a much stronger relationship with your teachers, and that they will be much more able to push, aid and guide you that more closely!
To the students of the College, know that this is not the end. The decisions you make and the grades you get do not define your future. Career choices and dreams change and evolve no matter your age, so don’t be afraid to try anything and everything that you can. As said by Sir Terry Pratchett,
“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” Whether tomorrow or thirty years from now, don’t stop yourself from experiencing new things and making memories. The world is huge and wonderful, and it is waiting for you to discover all it has to offer.
My advice to younger students is to take advantage of the opportunities that arise within the school and in life. The opportunities we are offered are a great ways to meet new people and develop new interests. School is a very small portion of your life, and although it may seem long it flies by quickly, so try to enjoy it. As cliche as it may sound, through hard times there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and it is important to remember that.
I wish all the students the best in their academic and extracurricular endeavours in 2022!
For the new students entering and just starting their journey at Huanui College, my only advice is that you have been presented with an opportunity to excel in not only academics, but also cultural endeavours. Here, you may make some of the best friends who you will keep with you throughout your adult and working life. I encourage you all to actively participate in sports and extracurricular activities, and to make the most out of the opportunities our school has to offer. Huanui is a school in which you can get as much out of it as you are willing to put in, and I have learned that it is a fantastic place to cultivate and develop your passions.
A piece of advice I have for younger students is to not beat yourself up over difficulties in class, but instead realise it’s not that significant. Make a plan about how these problems can be overcome; whether that be meeting with your teacher for help; or seeking out older students in tutoring sessions; or even asking classmates to spend a little extra time explaining the concepts. Many people are more willing to help than I used to think, and it was a genuine relief when I actually began utilising those resources. Not only did this help me become happier with my results, but also made me more confident in my abilities.
I hope that everyone has a great 2022! Good luck and have fun.