Student Leadership at CHS
We believe that the ongoing success of CHS is a collaborative effort and strongly encourage our students to contribute to the leadership of the school.
On this page we profile our prominent Student Leaders with our Student Executive, House Captains, Te Huunga Taikaakaa and Junior Forum.
Refer to the following attachment for full details about the Student Leadership roles and structure at CHS.
Head Girl - Bella Peacocke
Kia Ora, my name is Bella.
In my fifth and final year at Cambridge High School, it is an honour and privilege to be named as your Head Girl. I came from a school of around 170 students and the step to CHS was sometimes overwhelming, but the encouragement and support from my teachers has helped me get the most out of my time at school and to stay true to my own beliefs. I have a passion for serving and empowering others. The most important thing for me during the coming year is to help build an environment where others can thrive both on their own journey, as well as our journey together as a school.
I like to get in and give things a go. I have been involved in many extracurricular activities throughout my time at Cambridge High School, with the most enjoyable being playing and coaching volleyball. Last year I was the school Volleyball Captain, and I am grateful for the lessons learnt along the way.
I am excited to be part of a great student leadership team. We want to support others to get involved, to be proud of their own achievements, to celebrate the success of those around us. And most importantly, to make the most of 2023.
Head Boy - Luke O'Brien
Kia Ora everyone, it’s an absolute privilege to be head boy this year. I am looking forward to working alongside like-minded people with the same goal of making the school experience better for all. High school is the perfect time to learn about yourself and to set yourself up positively for life ahead, and I hope to help other students fulfil this amazing opportunity. It can be overwhelming at times, but learning how to embrace the highs and lows alongside your friends makes it worthwhile. If you choose to be brave and challenge yourself, you are destined for growth and success.
I believe that leadership is about bringing out the best in others by recognising the different strengths of every individual. Thus, I hope our team can achieve this and unite the student body to take on the world with confidence and pride.
Deputy Head Girl - Anna Jago
Kia Ora koutou,
I am honoured to have been selected as your Deputy Head Girl in 2023. In this role I hope to encourage and inspire our students to have the courage to step outside of their comfort zone and learn to thrive in the discomfort. Embracing challenges and learning from my mistakes are fundamental parts of who I am as a person and qualities I look for in others also. Cambridge High School has so many opportunities to learn and to grow, to become uncomfortable, if you have the courage to try.
In 2023 I challenge our students to have the courage and the resilience to try. To find success in whatever form that may be and to encourage those around them to do so as well. I have given myself the same challenge and am looking forward to celebrating in all of your successes.
Deputy Head Boy - Ben Bonetti
My name is Ben Gianni Bonetti,
I am honoured to have the position of Deputy Head Boy this year. I have a love for music, in terms of both creating it and performing. I play guitar, bass and sing. I am also a DJ and I do community events and private functions. I love the outdoors and being able to connect with nature. I do this by spending my time doing things like mountain biking, surfing, skiing, tramping and swimming in whatever body of water I my find myself near. I am a very approachable person and always keen for a yarn, so whenever you feel like it, come up to me for a chat. I hope to make many new connections with all of you throughout this year and to have an awesome time with you at CHS. There are so many wonderful opportunities available to us all here, whether it be in sports, the Arts, cultural, practical, or academic areas, so make sure to jump on those while you can. Remember to be kind, do the right thing, help people when you can and just be a genuinely good person.
BOT Student Representative - Rachel Waterton
Kia Ora e te Whanau, I am privileged with being the Student Rep this year. It is important to me that we value the voices of our Tauira throughout the school community. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be one of the many voices of our youth at school this year. I want to continue to strive for health, community, and a sense of belonging for the CHS Whanau, so our students connect to, and enjoy their CHS experience to the best of their ability. If you have any ideas, on how we could strengthen the school community, don’t hesitate to send me an email, our voice is important.
Te Hunga Taikaakaa
Te Hunga Taikaakaa is our Maaori Leadership roopuu consisting of Year 12 and 13 tauira who are keen to promote Te Ao Maaori and to support and encourage our Maaori students. Tauira in this roopuu help to organise and run a number of significant events throughout the year including our Whaanau Welcome Evening, the Combined Cambridge Schools Kapa Haka Festival, Te Wiki o Te Ao Maaori and our Ngaa Poutiaki Celebration evening. Tauira also liaise with other leadership groups and Ngaa Poutiaki (Whaanau Support group) and readily lead by example and promote the core values of our kura.
The Junior Executive is the Junior Leadership group for CHS. Students in this group organise a number of events throughout the year for the Junior School and also get involved in our wider community. Each week the students meet with members from the 24/7 Youth Work Team to discuss initiatives such as PB4L school wide focusses and lunchtime activities and how to best lead by example. Members of the Junior Forum also help with school event such as the School Ball and aim to encourage students to be active and participate.