Our school President Caleb Pahina spoke to the Franklin County News recently about himself, his goals and learning from his mistakes.
Describe how you achieved the honour of being named head student?
In my first year at Strathallan, my tutor teacher told me I had the potential and attributes to be the President of Student Council in Year Thirteen. With this as an aspiration, I have always given my best, applied myself in all areas of school life and most importantly just been myself.
I would encourage all students to greet each day with a smile, try your hardest, and to make the most of any opportunity available to serve others. The feeling of having a positive influence on someone else’s day is what makes being a leader so rewarding.
Goals for the year?
As a head student, I am striving to be a positive inspiration for students with an active role in creating an enjoyable school environment which aligns with our core school values. I would also like to leave a legacy by which the school can remember our leadership team and Year Thirteen year level.
On a personal basis, I want to succeed in my end of year exams with flying colours and continue to develop my skills on the football field.
Highlight of your secondary education so far?
Being elected as President of the Student Council has certainly been my most notable accomplishment at Strathallan. Additionally, the myriad of friendships and extraordinary education I have received have helped shape me into the person I am today.
Favourite subject and why?
Although I enjoy all of my subjects, Spanish has been the most fulfilling learning experience by far. The ability to speak another language not only opens up another world of employment and travel opportunities, but has given me more confidence in speaking, making mistakes and then learning from them.
What do you like most about your school?
Strathallan is a very positive environment where every student feels valued and welcomed- every Friday lunchtime, our leadership team run a “Fiesta.” With music playing, dancing, games and a whole lot of smiles, students of all year levels can easily socialise and interact together. I am fortunate to be a part of such an amazing school community.
When you are not studying, what do you like to do?
I started playing football for Papakura AFC at five years old, and currently play for the Ellerslie U19s. I have also been fortunate enough to travel to Valencia, Spain to train and play football there too. When I am not on the pitch or at work, I enjoy playing the guitar, listening to music and hanging out with mates.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most and why?
Sir Edmund Hillary would definitely be the New Zealander I admire the most, not just for being the first to conquer the tallest mountain in the world, but for the way in which he used his fame to aid and serve others. His admirably modest, determined and forward-thinking attitude makes him an example for all young Kiwis to strive to be like.
If I was Auckland/Waikato’s mayor I’d…
I think it would be a great idea for small fitness machines to be installed throughout local parks to promote and encourage exercise within our community. I would also love to create a more favourable business environment for young entrepreneurs to start on their own venture.