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Students learn to think like leaders

Me whakāro rangatira – how to think like a leader. 

That was the theme of this month’s National Youth Leadership Day (NYLD), attended by 12 of our students in Years 6 to 8.

Our students joined others from around the country to listen to speakers like Amanda Wilson from Keeping up with the Kaimanawas and ultra-marathon runner Lisa Tamati.

Speakers shared their stories of leadership, courage and embracing their differences.

Year 8 student Imaanay Anees and Year 6 student Elliot Bedford spoke in the recent Pink Shirt Day assembly about the opportunity.

“We learnt that it is okay to be different and to surround ourselves with positive relationships and people who encourage and support us,” Imaanay said.

Elliot recounted Lisa Tamati’s story.

“She told us that she once had a boyfriend who told her that she wasn’t good at running. He told her this all the time. He actually ditched her in the middle of Death Valley when they were training for a race. Lisa didn’t let that stop her. She just carried on. Her message to us was that you can learn from failure and that success can come from failure,” he told his peers.

NYLD aims to empower students, promote positivity and inspire. Well done to all students who attended:


 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Elliot Bedford

Oliver Kirk

Liam Jury

Kieran Slaven


Jess Galley

Lloyd Kim

Owain Lines

Amelia Winders


Imaaney Anees

Demi Still

Kaedin Kriek

Maddy Johnston-Marsh


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