Kia Kaha, Kia Toa
A great morning at Tamaki College with an inspirational Principal – Soana Pamaka, the first Tongan to take charge of a New Zealand senior college, her team (Kathryn and Nepote) and a 150 strong group of senior students.
We celebrated some incredible student achievements – including three young folks who finished in the top 1% globally in an international Maths on-line challenge, with some optimistic, caring and demanding teachers – led by Soana – a special person, a special teacher, a special Principal, a special Mum and a special New Zealander.
Daughter Bex, and Breakfast Club Founder Steve (a one-off!!) were on stage with me, having brokered the event and who demonstrated Nothing is Impossible (including the ultimate role reversal – me working for my youngest daughter!!).
I spoke to the young, hard-working, under-privileged, diverse group of students about five things:
- Everything Starts with Purpose:
- Dream – Spirit – Focus
- Start every day with your ABC’s
- Ambition – Belief – Courage
- Remember the 6 P’s
- Proper Preparation Prevents Pretty Poor Performance
- Focus – Commitment – Discipline
- Adapt – Improvise – Overcome.
And left them with this message: Dare to Dream. No Surrender.
A morning spent refilling my tank of love and hope – inspired by Soana, her team and her students.
RISE THE TAMAKI WAY.
Respect. Innovation. Success. Excellence.
Be strong. Be Brave.