Marsden Whanau Captain report
by Diamond Middleton and Quinn Morgan
Being announced Marsden Whanau Captain this year has been a privilege and honour. This is what the past four years of my high school career had led up to, and boy, was I proud of where I am. This role had given me the ability to give back to the brotherhood that had helped me through school.
Sports has been my drive throughout my life, the leadership roles I have been given during my early years of high school through sports drove me to become one of the prefects I had looked up to for so long. This year I have had the privilege of playing for the Boys’ High Volleyball senior team and have for the past 3 years. This school has gone above and beyond my expectations and driven me to become the man I am today. From having to put my all into schoolwork, to my sporting events and working after school, as full as my plate was throughout this year I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. To the leaders of the Mighty Marsden next year, bring us home another win!
Being named Whānau Captain for the mighty Marsden this year has been an amazing privilege and an absolute honour. When I was first awarded this title in 2020, as thrilling as this announcement was, I was aware that becoming a whānau captain was not going to be a fly through job, and would test my limits to its maximum. Being Co-Captain for the Marsden Whānau this year has been both thrilling and challenging. This role within the kura has allowed me to further develop my leadership skills and become by far a more competitive person when facing off against the other whānau groups, whether it be from athletics and cross country, right through to inter- whānau quiz. Becoming Marsden’s Whānau Captain has allowed me to give back to my school community and be a better role model to my fellow brothers at WBHS.
I have been a passionate sportsman my entire life, one of my greatest achievements in life was when I was awarded my black belt in karate. Throughout my time doing this martial art it has taught me discipline, patience, and most of all, dedication. These traits have helped me immensely in developing my leadership qualities and make me a better person within myself. In 2019 and 2020, Marsden has come out first and second place respectively, so I knew there were big shoes to fill in order to uphold that record and be a prominent whānau as always. At times, this role has made my school life difficult to manage, juggling with school work, sports and leadership roles, but I would not have changed the experience of being a Whanau Captain for anything no matter how stressful it can be, but that’s life.