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LEADERSHIP The 2022 Head Prefect’s Junior Prize-giving Speech

Te¯na¯ koutou, te¯na¯ koutou, te¯na¯ koutou katoa. Nau mai, haere mai. Nga¯ mihi nui ki Matua Wynne, te¯na¯ koe. Nga¯ mihi nui Matua Peters, te¯na¯ koe. Nga¯ mihi nui Matua Coxon, te¯na¯ koe. Nga¯ mihi nui ki Matua Donaldson, te¯na¯ koe. He whakatauki tenei:

it also includes community service, biculturalism and global awareness. I encourage you to try things out – it’s such a great time of your high school career to try new things. Do this with zest, compassion and integrity and I guarantee you’ll reap the rewards. To all staff leaving the wha¯nau that is Christ’s College, I show my gratitude for everything you have done for the boys of this school. I’d especially like to echo thanks to Nick Coxon, Eloise Nevin and Tamara Lerios. To the Rev. Bosco Peters, thank you for influencing growth in character among all of us. I am forever grateful for the countless thought-provoking sermons you delivered, and how fitting it is that we farewell you in this Chapel. Can we please show appreciation for everything these teachers have done for current and past students. I’d also like to take this moment to share a vision I have for next year. The brotherhood at College has been a common focus in the past couple of years. Such brotherhood looks like rowers dedicating themselves to months of training, the huge roar of support at the annual Boys’ High rugby match, or the fierce competition between the Houses at House Music. Even more importantly, brotherhood is about treating everyone with respect and enjoying the differences between us. You boys create the brotherhood that is experienced by everyone here and I challenge you to grow that brotherhood with every interaction you have next year. I believe we can grow the brotherhood at College with each boy completely immersing himself within the life that is

presented to him, and every boy respecting that. The bird that partakes of the miro berry, owns the forest. The bird that partakes of education, owns the world. I believe this whakatauki reflects the benefits you can reap from making the most of opportunities at College. If you partake of the berry – that is the opportunities presented to you at College – you will own your time at College, and hence enjoy yourself more. Next year I challenge each of you to try just one thing you’ve never planned on doing. This could be anything from trying out for a production, debating for your House or even planting trees with David Newton. It doesn’t have to be a huge jump outside of your comfort zone, but if you boys get more stuck in to your time at College I believe it will increase the amount of enjoyment you will get out of College life. I conclude my speech and thank you all again for a very enjoyable year. Rest well over the coming months, enjoy yourself and I look forward to seeing you all again next year. No reˉira, nga mihinui ki a koutou katoa, kia pai toˉ koutou ha¯rarei, ka kite ahau a tera tau. Te¯na¯ koutou, te¯na¯ koutou, te¯na¯ tatou katoa. Benji Ward Head Prefect 2022

Te manu e kai i te miro, noˉna te ngahere, Te manu e kai i te maˉtauranga, noˉna te ao.

The bird that partakes of the miro berry, owns the forest. The bird that partakes of education, owns the world. Welcome to those tuned in from home, staff, and of course, the boys. I’d like to start my speech by expressing my gratitude for the resilience boys and staff have shown throughout the year, despite the continual disruption of Covid-19. This year we’ve seen unprecedented success in sports, three magnificent productions and another year of academic success, without mentioning the growth boys have experienced in co-curricular activities. Today we acknowledge the boys receiving prizes. We are here to celebrate the extensive efforts and dedication you have shown to your academic studies throughout the year, and I challenge you to continue this energy next year. To those of you who missed out on an award today – don’t let this deter you from striving for excellence. As we head into the new College Diploma, you boys are presented with a fresh way of learning. The Diploma encourages traditional subjects but


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