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Selwyn Times: February 14, 2017

16 Head girl Jessica

16 Head girl Jessica Dunlop Tuesday February 14 2017 Ellesmere College’s head students introduce themselves SCHOOLS I have been part of the Ellesmere College family since 2011 when I started as a wide-eyed year 7 student. Before this I spent my early childhood on a small farm in Oxford but moved to Leeston in 2008 where I attended Leeston Consolidated School. I like to spend my time hanging out with friends or going to the gym. I also enjoy playing the piano and I’m passionate about science – something I want to pursue when I leave school. I am really honoured to be head girl at Ellesmere College, it is an achievement I am really proud of, along with being awarded top academic prize for year 12 last year. This year I want to make the most of any opportunities that come my way and also create more opportunities for aspiring leaders in our community. I always believe that in a world where you can be anything, the most important thing is to be kind. Head boy Freddie Gash Ellesmere College has been a great place for me to learn, and this year I am excited about being able to give back to the school in my role of head boy. I moved to New Zealand from the United Kingdom seven years ago, and since I arrived at the college as a wide-eyed little year 9 student I wanted to get the most out of school. I am proud of my achievements last year, including achieving level 2 NCEA with excellence and getting a gold service award. I am especially proud of our experiences with our band, The Wednesday Effect, and my experiences with kapa haka. Out of school, I have enjoyed mountain biking, riding my horse, sailing and photography. This year I look forward to getting involved in as much as possible both in and out of school. I look forward to developing emphasis on the arts, and building on the great work of previous head students. After school I plan to study music, possibly with the endeavour of teaching. I hope to make the most of my final year at school – “life is like a sewer – what you get out of it depends on what you put into it!” (Tom Lehrer) Deputy head girl Ella McClure From starting at Leeston Consolidated School to embarking on my final year at Ellesmere College, it has been an unforgettable journey. The opportunities on offer at school have been a big part of this journey. Last year I joined the stage challenge crew where we performed at Horncastle Arena, signed up to a rather gruelling early morning character-building programme known as Cactus, helped raise money for Syrian refugees by organising the 40-Hour Famine and was able to spend time with younger students during peer tutoring sessions. I am currently the St John Youth national cadet of the year, and am looking forward to starting my third term as a councillor on the Selwyn Youth Council. In 2017 I am going to focus on increasing positive youth participation within the school, to make sure students’ voices are not only heard, but acted on. In the future I would like to pursue a career in health, and am looking at heading down to Otago University next year. Remember what you get out of school depends on what you put into it, so be involved, aim high, get outside of your comfort zone and most importantly have fun. Deputy head boy Jack Dudley SELWYN TIMES I was born in Christchurch and have lived all my 17 years in Lakeside on a small lifestyle property. I attended Leeston Consolidated School and then went on to Ellesmere College. I have so many interests. I like to design and create. I enjoy sports, and play first XV rugby for the school, I also enjoy sailing and anything relating to the sea, camping and being with my mates. I have achieved everything I set out to achieve in my time at school. Being top in mechanical engineering technology for the past two years, top in design and visual communication in level 2, Silver Service Award and our senior drama class performed at The Court Theatre for the Shakespeare festival. My dreams for 2017 are to finish the year having achieved to my highest potential, while having fun and making the most of my final year as a deputy head student at Ellesmere College. Beyond school, I am hoping to be accepted into the Royal New Zealand Navy as a marine engineer officer and am currently going through the application process for 2018. I would say to anyone now coming up through the school system, to stick with what you enjoy and are good at, develop it further, and back yourself. Build your next home with Artisan Homes Your local registered Master Builder Home building is as much about understanding the landscape and the client as it is the plan and the materials. 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