The auditorium at Tamatea High School shook with the sound of haka as the students demonstrated their enthusiasm for their new Head Boy and Head Girl.
Connor Beere is the school’s Head Boy. He is a local Tamatea lad who went to Bledislow Primary School and Tamatea Intermediate before making the choice to spend his 5 years of secondary schooling at Tamatea High School. Connor chose to attend Tamatea High because his mother was impressed by the calibre of the seniors and the positive school environment. Connor’s mother, Julie, was overcome with pride for her son and shed a tear when the announcement was made.
This year Connor is studying Mathematics, Physical Education, Economics, Biology and Social Studies and he plans to attend University to complete a Business Degree.
Moetu Ria is Head Girl for 2017. She is also a local girl who went to Porritt Primary School and Tamatea Intermediate. Like all of her friends, Moetu chose to go to Tamatea High because she loves the family feeling at the school. Her friends say they knew she was going to be Head Girl from year 9. She is a natural leader who works hard to get good academic and cultural results.
Elizabeth and Billy-Jo Ria are Moetu’s parents. Moetu is named after her grandmother and Elizabeth said that her grandmother would be very proud of Moetu. This year Moetu is studying Mathematics, Home Economics, Physical Education, Te Reo Māori and Māori Performing Arts. In 2018 she plans to go to Otago University to study Dentistry or Massey University to study Psycology.
Tamatea Principal, Robin Fabish, said “Our NCEA results are the best they’ve been in 5 years, we have had a large intake of students this year and been able to recruit some great new staff to compliment our excellent teachers. Having top class leaders like Connor and Moetu means we have even more reason to be optimistic.”