This week, I start my final year of high school. I’ve had the honour and the privilege of spending five incredible years at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, but it hasn’t always been easy. There have been various hurdles along the way, but I’ve made it through. I’ve pushed myself far outside my comfort zone, challenged myself continuously and always strived to do better. In 2018, it’s time to work on what sort of legacy I will leave behind when I graduate in December and move on into the real world.
Five years have flown by at Hobsonville Point; it only feels like yesterday when I started. I remember walking through the doors for the first time in 2014, as a Year 9 pupil. 150 foundation students joined me on this adventure, an adventure into the unknown. We didn’t exactly know what was ahead of us as 2014 was the first year Hobsonville Point Secondary opened and the first year students attended the school.
“It will be nerve-racking going to a brand new school, but it’s also very exciting, and I know there will be a lot of opportunities for us.” That above quote was taken from an interview I had with the Western Leader in 2013 along with my twin sister, my parents and Maurie Abraham, the principal of Hobsonville Point. My sister, Danielle and I were the first two students enrolled in the school.
I’m incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities that I’ve received over the past five years, and I have to thank everyone who gave me a chance. From leading several of my school Stage Challenge entries to attending education conferences alongside our school senior leadership team and teaching staff, they are all just as valuable as each other and have proved to be meaningful learning experiences. I’m proud to be sharing my voice online through blogging and through Twitter so I can share my experiences with the world!
Student voice in education is something that I have become incredibly passionate about and will continue to advocate for in the future. Founding Student Chat NZ and leading student moderated Twitter talks was without a doubt an educational highlight during my time at high school. Like all good things, they must come to an end, and after two years of moderating, I announced the end of Student Chat NZ. I’m proud of all the success it had in such a short period, and I’ll always be grateful for those who were part of that journey.
Hobsonville Point Secondary School is arguably one of the best secondary schools in New Zealand, if not the world. You don’t need to persuade me to say that because I genuinely mean it. We are leading a revolution, bringing change to education, and I’m proud to be involved. At the end of this year, I will say goodbye to Hobsonville Point, but it’s not goodbye forever. In a few years down the line maybe I’ll pop in to simply say hello or to give back to another generation of Hobsonville Point students somehow. I’ll always be grateful for the incredible teachers we have at our school, and I’m forever proud to be a foundation student at Hobsonville Point Secondary School.