Waitaki Girls' High School

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Head Girl: Emma Stevenson

I have attended Waitaki Girls’ High School since the start of my high school years and throughout the 4 years I have been here I have learnt many invaluable things to help me throughout the rest of my life. When I started at Waitaki Girls in Year 9 I was very shy - I did not like stepping out of my comfort zone, but the staff and older students at waitaki Girls helped me to come out of my shell and become the confident and outgoing person that I am today. Due to Waitaki being a smaller high school compared to others in the Otago region the student to teacher ratio is much lower which I have found amazing while I have attended the school. The students gain much more respect for their teachers and the staff within the school because the girls recognise the hard work that they put into the students.

During my time at Waitaki Girls High School I have gained many new skills and have experienced many opportunities that may have not been available to me elsewhere.  If I was to have taken all of the opportunities that had come my way I could be an opera singing, rugby playing, ballet dancing triathlete by now – but if I was to take them all I would never sleep. The values that the school expects the students to withhold while at school can be transferred to all aspects in life. The ‘Waitaki Way’ teaches students to be Respectful, Responsible and Resilient in not only our school environment but also out in the community. I think that the best thing that I have received out of high school during my time is the relationships with the other students and the family feel that Waitaki Girls has. Waitaki has made me feel comfortable with who I am and has taught me to be who I want to be and do the best that I can.

Deputy Head Girl: Cheyenne Coels

I have attended Waitaki Girls’ for my entire high school life, and have been offered so many amazing opportunities in my four and a bit years here. I kept very much to myself until about Year 11, where I started to come out of my shell thanks to the students and staff around me, and the positive and welcoming learning environment they provided. Waitaki Girls’ has allowed me to mix in with every year level through the sports and clubs I have become apart of during my time here, as well as living in the hostel for the past four years- and the saying is true; they really do become your second family. I have learnt how to interact with so many different people, as Waitaki Girls’ has a very diverse learning community, where girls learn to become all round students. I could not have asked for a better high school experience, and I am so grateful to have had the experiences that I have had and the self-belief Waitaki Girls has given me. I owe this to the students and especially my teachers that have seen me through my time here, because they are the people who showed me that I could- even when I though I couldn’t- and provided support for me for whatever endeavor I was embarking on. Waitaki has so many opportunities to take advantage of, and I always encourage girls to do so, because the relationships you form within the community of Waitaki Girls’ are forever rewarding- whether it’s watching the basketball team you coached integrate themselves into the senior team, or seeing the girls you live with walking across the school stage to celebrate their achievements- Waitaki provides an all round, fulfilling education for girls.

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