Boys welcome lead role

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Last year the Clutha Leader ran a series of articles saying goodbye to the head pupils at each school in the district, before they headed out into the world. A new year has started, so we are going back to the schools to meet their replacements. Jack Conroy reports.

The Catlins Area School has two new head boys, Adam Pullar and Logan Bird (both 17), replacing 2018’s three head girls.

By a strange turn of events, the entire 2019 year 13 group is made up of boys, while the entire 2018 year 13 group was made up of girls.

Both boys were excited when they found out they had been made prefects.

Logan said he was “very happy” when he was told, and Adam said it was a role he had “always looked up to”.

The role was a leadership position, with responsibilities such as representing the school at public events and organising functions such as sports days and school formals.

The top pupils were slightly nervous but excited about taking on a new responsibility.

Logan said he was looking forward to “being a role model to younger kids at the school, because it starts right from new entrants”.

Adam said he was “looking forward to representing the school, but a bit nervous about all the public speaking”.

They were both keen to balance their new extracurricular responsibilities with a doubling down on study efforts.

Adam said he was focusing on getting his university entrance requirements, although he was not yet sure what he wanted to do when he got there.

He would have to balance his studies with a part-time job.

“I work down at the Foursquare, so I don’t always have a lot of spare time,” he said.

Logan set his sights high, with an aim to finish the year with NCEA level 3 endorsed with merit or excellence.

“I want to try and get a Class Act as well,” he said.