This morning we had the opportunity to hear a speech from Andrew Patterson and one of our past Pt England student, Raenan. They firstly talked to us intermediate students about our next step into secondary college and Raenan's experience of his 4 years of his college years.
Andrew Patterson firstly took us back to 2013, Where he first met Raenan as a Year 8. Raenan was at the stage of learning how to prepare things such as an interview, speech or being a good leader towards those who look up to him. Raenan set goals for himself, One of them were to be a head boy in college and luckily he was announced to be the deputy head boy for Tamaki College in 2018.
Raenan himself took us back to his first year attending Tamaki, as he had many opportunities for him to go for. He talked to us about him joining the "Geek Cafe" and how he was taught how to help people to use technology, especially elderly people. For me, That was pretty interesting to hear and amazing to think that elderly were/are interested in our technology.
Before ending off their interview/speech, they presented us a video of a student who attends Manurewa High school. A year 12 who was speaking his experience of having a dad as mongrel mob member, his dad was sent to jail for up to 8 years. Leaving him at a young age (7) and only coming back halfway through his year of High school (15). I found it interesting to hear and inspiring on how he was able to get through all his troubles at home, he kept focusing on the good things and improved while he was at it.
One of the things that I mainly picked up was to keep striving even though you're at your worse, to never give up and keep working hard for those who you love. They all inspired me to keep going for new things and improve on them throughout your years of college, It was a lovely speech and I was definitely inspired.