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Head Prefect End of Year Address

Ko Ranginui te maunga
Ko Hāwai te awa
Ko Ranginui te wharetīpuna
Ko Tūrirangi te wharekai
Ko Te Haraawaka te hapu
Ko Te Whānau A Apanui te iwi
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Ngākohu Walker tōku ingoa
Tihei Mauri Ora

Kia Ora and Welcome to the senior prize giving for 2020. My name is Ngākohu Walker and I hail from the mighty 35.

Firstly, I’d like to welcome all of our distinguished guests, staff, principal, whānau, friends and my brothers.

Well, this is it. My final speech. As a Raukura brother, an MHB brother and Head Prefect. I remember it all so clearly. A shy young boy leaving his small home town and moving to a boarding school. I was so nervous and so frightful of what the future had in store for me. I remember my first few weeks in the Hostel, they were absolutely dreadful, I was homesick. Once I got through that time and adapted to the environment, I began to grow. I am so glad that I made the move to this Kura because it has changed my life. I have accomplished many of my goals. I started a business, a podcast and played some footy. I’ve invested in shares, signed with an NRL club and much more. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve all of these things if I hadn’t attended this school. I was walking around school yesterday and I saw our juniors playing touch, ping pong, mucking around and just having fun. It brought back all those memories of me and my boys in our younger days and it felt like those days had only just gone by.

Throughout my time here I have learnt so much. I have learnt that if you truly want something, you work hard for it. I’ve learnt that being on time is everything. I’ve learnt that stepping out of your comfort zone enables you to grow as a person. I’ve learnt that opportunities lead to even more opportunities and I have learnt that no matter how tough the circumstances are, to never ever give up. Every single one of the challenges that I have faced on my journey has helped develop me into who I am today.

To all our staff. All of you are absolutely amazing. Everyday you turn up and you keep up with all us boys and no matter what you always make sure that we are all good. You connect with us on a different level and I believe that is why the education here is so successful. As the saying goes, “ A great environment creates even greater leaders”. You create a safe environment for all us boys to grow. Thank you all very much.

To Mr Grinter. You are a machine. As I have got closer to Mr Grinter over the duration of this year it has become more evident as to why he has been the principal for many years. He’s sharp boys, he knows how to run a tight ship. Mr Grinter, thank you so much for being my mentor this year. You’ve helped me take my leadership skills to another level.

To my good mate Aidan, it has been an honour to lead this school alongside you. You definitely stepped up this year and you made it easier for me to be an effective leader. To my Prefect team, I thank you all for being the amazing leaders that you all are. Although the year was tricky I truly believe we have done a very good job together. Let’s just put our hands together for our Prefect team.

To all the boys coming back next year. Make sure you keep our school pumping and be good role models for all our juniors because they look up to you all.

To my Year 13 brothers. It’s been a roller coaster of a ride to say the least, through all the ups and downs of our journey, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you all. This class of 2020 has undoubtedly been one of the best to come through in the history of our school. I wish you all the best on your future endeavours and no doubt we will be catching up in the future.

Lastly to my whānau. My beautiful Mum, my Dad, my little brother Taumanu, my two little sisters Maraea and Teina and my partner Manaia. Thank you all for being my backbone and being the reason that I get up every day. Not so long ago, someone asked me, why is it that I do so many extra-curricular activities and what is it that motivates me to study hard. It was simple, my whānau. They’re the reason I was able to attend this school and that was the only way I knew how to repay them, by giving it my all.

Before I close my speech, I’d like to leave you all with some wise words.

Street poet and philosopher Drake once said, “Oh well I guess you win some, you lose some. As long as the outcome is income. You know I want it all and then some”. While the idea of material success does influence our lives heavily, I ask that you follow your dreams. On your journey through life following your dreams, never forget about those around you because they are your support system and they are the ones that’ll help you through the tough times. Boys, make sure you thank your whānau for everything they do for you.

As much as I don’t want to say this,
‘You can take the boy out of Raukura but you can never take Raukura out of the boy.’

HP 2020 out.
Ngākohu Walker
Head Prefect 2020

 

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

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Friday, January 29th, 2021

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Seniors Only

Time: 00:00

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Pohiri

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Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Year 9 Photos - Hall

11.30am-1.30pm Time: 00:00

Monday, February 8th, 2021

Waitangi Day

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Week 2

Time: 00:00

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Week 3

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

E Museum Talk - Colman Theatre

2 HOURS Time: 00:00

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Tabloids

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Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Week 4

Time: 00:00

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Te Wero

Time: 00:00

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Week 5

Time: 00:00

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Photos - Hall

Year 10-13 catch up year 9 Time: 00:00

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Week 6

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Yr 11 Road Expo

Time: 00:00

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Friday, March 12th, 2021

Academic Review Day

Time: 00:00

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Week 7

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

BOPSS Touch - RBHS

Time: 00:00

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Week 8

Time: 00:00

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Week 9

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

BOPSS Touch - RBHS

Mixed, open and social grades Time: 00:00

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Easter Break

Time: 00:00 Duration: 1 hours

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Week 10

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Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Friday, April 9th, 2021

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Week 11

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Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Week 1

Time: 00:00

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Week 2

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Monday, May 17th, 2021

Week 3

Time: 00:00

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

Super 8 Cultural Festival - TBC

VENUE AND DATES STILL TO BE CONFIRMED Time: 00:00

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Arts Faculty Review

Time: 00:00

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Nga Manu Korero

Time: 00:00

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Week 5

Time: 00:00

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Year 10 Sexwise

Time: 00:00

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Friday, June 4th, 2021

Hall of Fame

Time: 00:00

Monday, June 7th, 2021

Week 6

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Friday, June 11th, 2021

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Week 7

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Monday, June 21st, 2021

Week 8

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Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Week 9

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Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Week 10

Time: 00:00

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Week 1

Time: 00:00

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Week 2

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Friday, August 6th, 2021

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Week 3

Time: 00:00

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Academic Review Day

Time: 00:00

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Week 4

Time: 00:00

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Week 5

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Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

Monday, August 30th, 2021

Week 6

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Monday, September 6th, 2021

Week 7

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Monday, September 13th, 2021

Week 8

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Monday, September 20th, 2021

Week 9

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Team Photos - Hall

Time: 00:00

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Week 10

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Monday, October 18th, 2021

Week 1

Time: 00:00

Monday, October 25th, 2021

Week 2

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Friday, October 29th, 2021

Hostel Prizegiving

Time: 00:00

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

School Ball

Time: 00:00

Monday, November 1st, 2021

Week 3

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

Monday, November 8th, 2021

Week 4

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Monday, November 15th, 2021

Week 5

Time: 00:00

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Week 6

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Monday, November 29th, 2021

Week 7

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Condor Sevens

Time: 00:00

Monday, December 6th, 2021

Week 8

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

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