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Mayor comes for Leadership Day

All the students and staff greeted the Mayor, Len Salt with a well polished and resounding Haka followed by Karakia. This was a special Leadership Day for Whenuakite School.
 |  Pauline Stewart  | 

The Principal, Gary Veysi, had planned for the students to meet their regional leader, the Mayor and to hear from him a little about his life and work, and for him to meet the student leaders. The students and school staff had obviously been rehearsing and preparing for some time for this special day.

Following the very formal time of greeting, the entire school and some parents and community neighbours gathered for the school assembly.

This featured a number of leadership and academic achievement awards to students, plus the presentation of eight students from Year Eight who had been chosen to be leaders of the four newly established sport and activity ‘House’ teams. Each student on the entire school roll had been assigned a ‘House’.

The central feature of the occasion, however, was the visit of the Mayor.

Len shared his love for languages developed at school and how that had stayed with him and helped him. He encouraged the students to learn Te Reo and to pursue languages.  With regard to Len’s enjoyment and playing of an instrument – a banjo.

They were very interested to know what a banjo was and how it was played – different from a ukelele. This raised a lot of interest. There may well be another Mayoral visit looming in the future.

One of Mayor Len’s key points was that leadership involved careful and patient listening and that you didn’t always hear what you wanted to hear.

He was keen for them to keep on and persist with things they were trying to be good at. Everything worth doing took practice and work.

The eight young house leaders who shared morning tea with the Mayor and their Principal, will long remember that morning as a very special time – big thoughts about leadership, direction forming stuff.

The theme and the visit were a fine initiative by the principal and staff of Whenuakite School.