With COVID restrictions in place during Term One this year, two teachers, Ms Naylor and Mrs van Diepen took this as an opportunity to invigorate student leadership at our kura, so that we can provide authentic opportunities for the development of leadership capabilities.

We were specifically looking at how we can improve the following: 

  • Leadership pathways/development 
  • Structure and mentoring opportunities
  • Meaningful leadership portfolios 
  • Leadership roles: What are our leaders responsible for? 
  • Raising the profile of our leaders: How do they stand out? 
  • Empowerment: What’s their legacy going to be? How do they want to be remembered? 

Tauira at Somerville Intermediate were presented with a new leadership programme and couldn’t wait to apply. There were a total of 165 students across the school who applied to become Somerville Intermediates’ inaugural Whānau Prefects for 2022. 

This initial list was then shortlisted to just 12 applicants per whānau. All shortlisted candidates went through an interview process to discuss their skills, present ideas and showcase why they believe they would be a good role model as a Whānau Prefect. These interviews proved to make the final decision very tough, however, we are proud to announce the following 32 students as our Whānau Prefects for 2022:


We would also like to extend our congratulations to all students who applied, or were shortlisted. We encourage you to continue pursuing your ambitions in leadership. There will be many opportunities in your life. Remember that leadership is more than a title. A leader is someone who acts with thought and clear purpose and passion, for a cause they care about. You are a leader in your own right and can be a part of the change you want to see in the world.

Whāia te iti kahurangi, Ki te tuohu koe me maunga teitei
Pursue that which is precious and do not be deterred by anything less than a lofty mountain.