Two of Queen Margaret College’s top academic and athletic students will be leading the school next year.
Tiuana-Marie Aiono and Mia Uluilelata were named as Head and Deputy Head Prefect at the Senior School Prize Giving on Thursday 30 November .
Tiuana-Marie has attended the College since Pre-School and Mia since Year 7.
This year Tiuana-Marie was the leader of the school’s first Poly Club, as well as playing in the Senior A Netball team and captaining the Senior A Basketball team. She is a top student in all of her subjects and has already achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence.
Mia is the captain of QMC Rowing and is in the First XI Hockey squad. She went into her NCEA exams having already achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence.
Both girls say they were shocked to have been named as the Head Prefects.
“I can honestly say that when my name was called out I was in complete shock,” Tiuana-Marie says.
“I was overwhelmed when my year group were in front of Mia and I showing their support and love for us in their powerful haka.
“I was also so grateful to my family who sacrificed so much for me to be at QMC and all of the staff who have supported me, guided me and taught me so many valuable things.
“Being Head Prefect meant I would be able to represent the people who helped me get to where I am today and it makes me so proud and excited to know that I would get the chance to repay them,” she says.
“I felt a mixture of emotions when my name was announced, mostly shock, but I also felt very honoured that the students and teachers believed I was suitable for the role,” Mia adds.
“I’m very excited to lead the school with Tiuana-Marie next year.”
The girls’ parents were also thrilled to see them take the stage as the school’s new leaders.
“It was a lovely surprise to hear Mia’s name read out as Deputy Head,” Mia’s mother, Ondine Souter says.
“I felt proud Mia was recognised by her friends and teachers as the person to lead the students in 2018. The tautoko from her peer group with the school haka was a very special moment.”
“We have seen Mia, bolstered by the wealth of experiences she has had at QMC, become a strong and determined young lady who is not afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she deems right, especially when it’s the rights of others,” her father, Eddie Uluilelata says.
“We felt very emotional and felt so much joy and elation for her. We were very proud watching Tiuana-Marie progress as a leader throughout her time at the College: from Class Leader, to House Leader and now Head Prefect,” Tiuana-Marie’s parents, Mark and Rita, add.
Tiuana-Marie and Mia are already looking ahead to what they want to achieve as leaders in 2018.
“My goal is to continue building on the previous work of prefects, so that QMC continues to be a positive environment,” Mia says.
“I hope that students will be enthusiastic both in and out of the classroom, so there is lots of school spirit.”
“Something important to me is a sense of unity- I want all the year groups to feel as if we are one,” Tiuana-Marie adds.
“I want 2018 to be a year of empowerment for every student, whether they are a new girl or a prefect.
“I want to leave the school knowing that I gave the students an opportunity to speak their minds and feel as if they were part of a strong QMC sisterhood.”