Head Students 2023

Avé Culpan

This year I am taking Sports Science, Sport Elite, Extension English, Chemistry and Biology. The last two years I worked hard, passing both NCEA Level 1 and 2 with Excellence. I now look forward to this year, wanting to push myself further and making the most of all opportunities that come my way. 

I love sports! Through my time so far at Te Awamutu College I have played rugby, hockey, netball and basketball. Captaining both basketball and the hockey girls’ development team. In my down time I pursue my creative interests in music and art. Playing guitar helps me to rewind and relax as well as drawing and painting. 

Over this upcoming year, I aspire to further improve the great things already happening in this school in both sports and education. My goal for 2024 involves extending myself across all areas of school and my personal interests. I want to enjoy and make the most of my final year in high school, as well as fulfill this position of being a Head Student to the best of my capabilities. Next year I am looking forward to the scary but exciting new chapter in my life where so far it looks like studying first year health science in medical school.
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Sienna Sanders

The subjects I am taking this year are English, Mathematics & Statistics, History, Geography and Sport Elite. I have attained Level 1 and 2 NCEA to a high standard. Sport is a crucial part of my life therefore I strive to find a good balance of social aspects, sport and schoolwork load.

I have played volleyball since Year 9 in both TAC junior and senior premier teams and was lucky enough to make the Waikato U17 team last year and in 2022. I also play rugby for TAC girls’ First XV team and managed to make it into the Waikato U16 girls’ rugby team last year and also in 2022. Lastly, I play netball for the TAC premier girls' team and have been lucky to play at a representative level from a young age, therefore I am looking forward to the season for my sporting codes.

Throughout the year I want to carry out my duties as Head Student and continue to be a great role model for my peers. I aim to achieve NCEA Level 3 and obtain University Entrance to fulfil my chosen career. I also plan to further develop my skills as an athlete in my chosen sports and enjoy my final year of schooling.

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Ruben Kasper

This year the subjects I am taking are Physics, Mathematics with Calculus, Accounting, Geography and Outdoor Education. I have attained Level 1 and 2 for NCEA and have achieved this by having a good balance between school, work and sports.

Over the years I have played multiple sports for Te Awamutu College such as Basketball in Year 11 and 12, premier Lacrosse last year. This year, I look forward to continuing with Lacrosse and picking up Rugby for my final year of high school. One of my main hobbies is mountain biking and now I compete in enduro races.

The main focus of mine this year is to achieve NCEA Level 3 to a high standard and enjoy my final year of school with my friends and peers.  As for my future I’m keeping my options open.

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Xavier Scott

The subjects I am taking this year are Geography, History, Sports Science, Sport Elite and Outdoor Education. I have attained NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 and hope to also attain NCEA Level 3.

Last year I participated in the TAC 1st XV Rugby team.  This year I aspire to first make the team but also continue to retain the Waipa Cup against Cambridge High which would be a four-peat.

Throughout the year my goals are to fulfill my role as a Head Student in 2024 but also making the most of my last year school through school and social balance outside of school.  I have some plans for the future but at the moment nothing is decided as yet.

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Board Rep - Millie Thackray

The subjects I am taking this year include History, Geography, Mathematic and Statistics, Extension English and Outdoor Education. During the last two years I have obtained NCEA Level 1 with Merit and passed Level 2. I am currently working hard to achieve NCEA Level 3.

Over my years at Te Awamutu College I have played many sports for the school. This year I am excited to continue playing lacrosse for the seventh year and possibly join one of our school hockey teams.

My goals for this year are to make the most out of my last year here at Te Awamutu College and take in all the wonderful opportunities this school has to offer. I also plan to carry out to the best of my ability my role as Student Representative on the Board, while encouraging and inspiring others. As for next year I plan to head to university, but I am currently undecided as to what I will study.

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