This year's Head Girl is Siena Shotwell, our Student Board of Trustee Representative is Isobel Smith and our Head Boy is Michael Gealogo. Hear how their year went below.
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MAC Mag '20 (Mount Aspiring College Magazine 2020)
Click on this link to see the annual college magazine which details many of the exploits of the committees endeavours from last year plus much, much more!
When I found out that I was going to be Mount Aspiring College’s Head Girl for 2020, I was surprised, excited and extraordinarily humbled. It’s difficult to describe the feeling of being told that a school has faith in you to lead it. While this has been a year full of surprises and challenges, being the Head Girl of our school has been an experience nothing short of remarkable. This role has taught me about my place in the world; how to be resilient, determined and collaborative. How to work with integrity and the vitality of change.
One of the most important things I have learnt during my time at MAC is the Whakatauki of Box Theatre Senior Drama; “Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini”. The strength is not in the individual, it is in the collective. I feel great pride to have been a part of such a special collective. The impact of collaboration and communication has amazed me. When I applied for this position, I said that the merit in our honest voices could be the thing that allows us to unite. The first step in bettering any situation or culture is to recognise the value of honesty over ease. With influence comes responsibility and it is integral that we teach young people the importance of awareness rather than the comfort of ignorance. Silence does not foster change and neither does speaking for others. Appreciating the value of the individual and the power of the collective allows good intentions to become constructive actions. It’s strange writing this, knowing that my time is almost up this year. It’s been quite the journey and I cannot express how grateful I am to have had this opportunity. I encourage every person at MAC never to be afraid of change. Take opportunities and do your best in everything you do. Success isn’t just in the measurable things, or how you are seen by others. Success is in process and navigating both the good and the bad with your own truth at the forefront of your actions. I encourage you to do what you believe in, rather than what is expected of you. Always think for yourself, be both critical and optimistic.
I want to acknowledge Michael, the best partner in crime I could have asked for this year. He deserves every success that comes his way. I thank him, the Student Exec team and house leaders for making this year what it was, it’s been a pleasure to work alongside every one of you.
Finally, I owe an enormous thank you to my teachers for everything you have done to support me over the last seven years. Thank you to the teachers who taught me how to use my voice. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Siena ShotwellSee more from this year's MAC Mag
I remember when I was Year 7 and had to paint the outer soles of my shoes everyday as they were not school regulation black. Now I’m privileged enough to be the Head Boy of Mount Aspiring College and have my own write up in this year's magazine. It’s been a journey.
First and foremost, I have to acknowledge the students, teachers and staff for supporting me throughout my time at MAC. This community of people has not only made me the person I am today, but has made my highschool experience a really enjoyable one.
I will never forget all the camps and the amount of times I stepped in mud. I will never forget the formals and the number of moments where I thought my pants ripped. I will always remember the feeling of giving back during the ‘Students In The Community’ program.
These are the memories I will cherish forever.
When being awarded the opportunity to be the Head Boy of the college, I never pictured my last year to be like this. But, in saying that, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Being able to be a part of the college’s response to the pandemic, sparking confidence in others to speak about issues such as racism, and giving a farewell to the dedicated service of our principal, are things as a head student I’m grateful to have been a part of.
I have to give big thanks to my partner in crime Siena and the Student Exec for all that they’ve done this year. It has been great to be a part of a group of such talented individuals who take pride in making a difference.
I am grateful to serve this college. I extremely encourage all of you to immerse yourself in any leadership opportunities. Not only is it an enjoyable experience, but it is always nice giving back to a community who have done so much for you. I cannot express enough how thankful I am to be brought up in a school like Mount Aspiring College. Cheers everyone for the great year!
Michael GealogoSee more from this year's MAC Mag
2020 has been a turbulent year for all, including the school and its Board of Trustees. Despite, and perhaps because of, the ups and downs, I have learned so much from this role and while I’m excited about my future, leaving MAC is bittersweet. I look forward to following MAC’s growth over the next few years, seeing our students in a new uniform, studying in new buildings. As the student representative on the Board of Trustees, I’ve been involved with the finalisation of this new uniform, countless board decisions and represented my peers to influence the direction of the school. Thank you for this opportunity. I’m eternally grateful for the experience I have gained in this role and encourage younger students to consider it in the future.
It’s been a valuable and fascinating experience to work in governance alongside the Senior Management Team - one that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you to all the board members who have provided support and guidance throughout the year. I’ve loved the chance to work closely with other student leaders as a part of the executive committee. There are many leadership opportunities at MAC and I urge all interested students to pursue them. I’ve grown as an individual and a leader, and will never forget my final year at MAC.
Isobel SmithSee more from this year's MAC Mag
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