Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi. With your basket and my basket, the people will thrive. When we refer to Wellington East Girls’ College, we’re referring to not just the school, but every person that makes up the East community. From the teachers who help guide and challenge us to form our own opinions, or the Senior Leadership Team who are there to support us as we challenge the status quo, or most importantly, the students; our peers, who we get to grow alongside of. East is about community through collaboration and each individual plays an important role in creating that community. East’s wider whānau has created a positive structure that has helped shape us all into the inquisitive and driven young leaders we are today while also supporting us as we venture into the future.
When we were officially named your Head Prefects for 2022, we were lucky enough to know each other. Not only did we know each other, but we grew up together. We first met at the age of 4 through our parents, and our lives have continued to intertwine ever since. Whether that was playing netball together, doing kapa haka at our intermediate school, being in the same friend group and now leading this incredible school together. We believe all this history makes us a better team. A team that is built on a foundation of respect and trust, that flourishes through our ability to communicate openly and honestly. This foundation is something we want to extend to you all as part of our blue and gold whānau. As a team, we are committed to exploring more opportunities for whakawhanaungatanga amongst all year levels, creating more space for our junior school to explore their personal sense of leadership and rangatiratanga while also reinforcing our school spirit through aroha and respect for not only our peers but also our teachers.
In this fast paced society we believe being adaptable is vital. What we can promise is that we will always meet you in the middle. This means we have our entire school's best interest in mind, and will unequivocally stand up for the things our students care about including advocating for all the minority groups at this school. In hopes that together we can work towards our most inclusive future possible.
Creating a legacy is something that we believe is an essential part of shaping the future of East. We want it to be remembered for the exact things that make us so proud to be East students through and through. When people think of the school on the hill, they will think of young people who speak their mind and advocate for issues they care about, they will think of an environment that supports students to be proud of their culture and identity, they will think of a community that is unified because they have respect and empathy for people from all walks of life. This is all part of the foundation we are laying and we hope this will be remembered as Easts’ legacy.
So, to all of East's aspiring, undiscovered, quiet and not so quiet leaders, we look forward to watching you rise up through not only our school but our society. Continuing to grow and question the social norms with passion that is eager for positive change. This is what makes you an East student. “Poipoia te kakano kia puawai.” Nurture the seed and it will blossom. Our high school years are transformative. We learn to find ourselves through trial and error and East has been here to nurture us throughout our journey. We will always be proud to say that once an East student, always an East student.
Ngā mihi nui