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Introducing our 2022 student leaders

Regulus Address // Issue 1 // May 2022

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Another wonderful group of students have been appointed to more than 100 leadership roles for 2022. Leadership is an opportunity and a responsibility our young leaders take seriously, and they are well supported in their roles. The 2022 prefect team, under the leadership of Heads of College, Grace Lawrence and Harry Withers, have introduced a theme called Unity Builds Community, as their guiding principle for the year.

Grace Lawrence
Head Girl

Grace Lawrence has looked up to the previous Head Girls since being looked after by Lizzie Stevenson (OC 2017) on her shadow day in Year 8, so is delighted to have been chosen as Head Girl for 2022. Grace is a strong, assertive leader, who is driven by compassion, and strives for inclusivity. Her main goals for the year are to build on the fantastic culture that already exists at St Andrew’s, and to ensure all students feel they have a place. Grace is a highly talented musician and performer, who is concertmaster of the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for 2022, was in the winning St Andrew’s group at the New Zealand Chamber Music Contest in 2021, and has had a lead role in every production since Year 9. Grace achieved NCEA Level 2 and 3 with Excellence. Next year she hopes to study in Wellington, surrounded by culture, music, and art.

Harry Withers
Head Boy

As the 2022 Head Boy, Harry Withers is honoured to be part of the College’s legacy and is excited for the year ahead. He is a compassionate leader, with a focus on being ‘out there’, which enables him to interact with wide groups of people. Harry is proud to have initiated the Unity Builds Community theme with the rest of the prefect team and promoting a sense of community is a main focus. He would like to be remembered for being approachable and sharing meaningful conversations that lifted people. Harry is a brilliant performer who has had several lead roles in productions. He has also sung in the choir, played 1st XI hockey, is a Canterbury representative hockey player, and gained Academic Colours in 2020 and 2021. Next year, Harry is deciding between studying Science/Medicine, or Design/Performing Arts.

Thomas Kamo
Deputy Head Boy

Thomas Kamo is honoured to be Deputy Head Boy for 2022, and to be making a positive contribution to the College through the prefects’ legacy projects. He is an organised leader, who enjoys working in team settings and considering multiple points of view. Thomas would like to leave St Andrew’s knowing that his contributions have helped students to feel a strong sense of belonging. A talented all-rounder, Thomas is a Canterbury Champion debater, representing St Andrew’s, has appeared in every production since Year 9, sings in the choir, is a key member of the College’s Theatresports team, and is working towards his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. He received NCEA Levels 1 and 2 with Excellence, and after leaving St Andrew’s, hopes to go to the University of Canterbury to study Law, and a BA in Political Science or History.

Charlotte Roche
Deputy Head Girl

Charlotte Roche feels privileged to be the 2022 Deputy Head Girl and to have the opportunity to help others contribute their strengths to the College community. As an empathetic, energetic, and inclusive leader, she is a positive role model who is dedicated to helping other students share their voice and bring their ideas to reality. Charlotte would like her legacy to be someone who cares about others, forms connections, and makes people feel special and valued. A skilled sportswoman, Charlotte has been in the 1st XI football team since Year 9, is in the Senior A futsal team, and was in the Canterbury Pride Women’s football team in 2021. She achieved NCEA Levels 1 and 2 with Excellence. Charlotte is still finalising her plans for 2023 but hopes to study Health Science with a view to doing Medicine.

Charlotte Brown
Head of Girls' Boarding

Charlotte Brown is excited to be the Head of Girls’ Boarding for 2022, as it is a role she has always looked up to. Her ‘lead from the front’ style is appreciated by other students, along with her organisational skills, always giving her all, and maintaining and creating relationships with her peers. Charlotte aims to give boarders the best experience possible despite the challenges of COVID-19 and is building as many relationships as she can with younger female boarders. A talented dancer, Charlotte was Head of Dance and the StAC Dancer of the Year in 2021. She was awarded a Scholarship Nomination by NZAMD for ballet in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and has achieved NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 with Excellence. Charlotte is considering tertiary studies in Health Science or a Bachelor of Science at either Auckland or Otago.

James McLaren
Head of Boys' Boarding

James McLaren is honoured to be the Head of Boys’ Boarding for 2022, as it is a good opportunity for him to show his leadership skills and create good connections in the boarding community. His practical approach to the role is based on his leadership style of putting words into actions. One of his main priorities for 2022, is to make strong connections with the younger boys in the boarding houses, given the challenges presented by COVID-19. He hopes to make a good impression in the role and leave a strong legacy that future Heads of Boarding will continue to build on. James has been a member of the 1st XV rugby team, and is a talented rower, having won bronze and silver medals at the Maadi Cup. He is looking forward to going flatting and becoming a plumber after leaving the College.

Another wonderful group of students have been appointed to more than 100 leadership roles for 2022.