Student leadership opportunities are an important part of life at St Peter’s. Meet Jack and Georgie, our current Head Boy and Head Girl.
A Welcome Message from Jonathan Khalil, Our Head Boy
My name is Jonathan Khalil and it is my honour to introduce myself as the Head Boy for St Peter’s for 2019. I was born in Manchester, England and was raised there until I was 8, which is when my parents decided to make the move to New Zealand. I can happily say this was the best decision we, as a family, have made and I could not be happier to live in this amazing country.
My St Peter’s journey began as a bright-eyed, fresh-faced Year 7 student. I was extremely eager to make friends, have fun and absorb as much knowledge as I could throughout my time here. I was already quite comfortable with the ‘blazer and tie’ look due to my previous experiences in England, however, something felt different at St Peter’s. It felt like I had been welcomed into a home that I had unknowingly already been part of, like stepping through the front door to a new house but realizing that it had always been your home anyway. I carried on as a day student up until Year 11 when I then made the transition into boarding. I found myself in Oliphant House and one of my biggest regrets at St Peter’s in that I didn’t board sooner!
As Head Boy, I intend to lead by service and example. I want to be there for students and help them understand that trying new things and not being prodigious in whatever area it may be, is not a bad thing. To get involved and have a go is what is most important as a student, how can you learn what your strengths and weaknesses are if you never try new things? I am ecstatic to say that I have succeeded in that regard. I have been part of multiple sports teams from rugby, hockey and touch rugby, and starred in last year’s production of ‘Miss Saigon’. Every new experience is one I have been glad to partake in, even though I may have not continued to participate in all of these extracurricular activities.
There is something in St Peter’s, Cambridge. Something untouchable, on the tip of your tongue, very much there but invisible to the naked eye. It is what draws students, parents, and teachers from far and wide, and what fuels the culture and passion of this school. With this unknowable spark in my heart and the world at my feet I feel confident, hopeful, and ready to take on the challenges life will undoubtedly throw in my path. St Peter’s offers the world, it is up to us to take it.
Jonathan, Head Boy
A Welcome Message from Charlisse Leger-Walker, Our Head Girl
Nga Mihi kia kautau
Ko Makeo te maunga
Ko Waiaua te awa
Ko Mataatua te Waka
Ko Whakatohea me Te Whanau Apanui oku iwi
Ko Ngati patu moana te hapu
Ko Waiaua te marae
Ko Leanne raua ko Eliu oku matua
Ko Krystal toku Tuakana
Ko Tannika taku teina
Ko Charlisse ahau
Hello, my name is Charlisse Leger-Walker and it is my honour to represent St Peter’s as Head Girl for 2019. I was born and raised in the Waikato, however, my turanga waewae - the place where I belong - is in Opotiki, where my family is from. I am of Maori and Samoan descent.
My association with St Peter’s was initiated before I became a proud prep student six years ago. I would spend time in the gym, on the side of the basketball court, occasionally allowed to jump on so my sister could use me as scrimmage bait - a term basketball players use. It became a second home for me. Once I was enrolled and officially became a student, I managed to involve myself in a range of activities. Sports, cultural, academic and spiritual pursuits at this top class educational facility, have enabled me to develop a holistic view.
It is with appreciation and gratitude that I have experienced care and support from a range of well qualified, passionate and engaging teachers/coaches/mentors and support staff. Playing in sports teams, being a part of the kapa haka group, participating in the prep choir and learning a new instrument is just a small sample of my highlights.
When attending our unique school you get to use world-class facilities and you enter a community filled with like-minded students striving to achieve their goals. The community is happy to support and encourage you in the pursuit of your own dreams. To truly appreciate the culture and excitement at St Peter’s, you have to experience it yourself whether that be in the form of a student, parent or teacher.
As Head Girl, I aspire to be someone who is both proactive and approachable. I hope that everyone and anyone feels that they can talk to me at any time. I want to be remembered as the person that can listen and support wherever needed. I hope to contribute to our school by being a bridge between our student body, the Senior Leadership Team, and the governance of our school. I am determined to be open-minded so that I can continue to learn. I want to inspire other students to maintain a positive outlook towards what St Peter’s is all about and to encourage them to step outside of their comfort zones so that they can grow as individuals and flourish. I intend to work alongside my peers to promote and emphasise the importance of wellbeing at this school and the endless benefits that come with it.
I want to acknowledge and pay credit to this school and its community, who, along with my parents and family, have nurtured and shaped me into the person I am today. I stay grateful for the endless opportunities and pathways that have been on offer.
Charlisse, Head Girl
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