Kam na Mauri !
I have the absolute honor and privilege of being Head Girl this year.
My cultural identity plays a big part of my life. I come from a small Island, Kiribati which is the only Island to be within the 4 hemispheres. For those people who don’t know where Kiribati is, Kiribati is located in the Pacific Ocean along the edges of the Equator, which includes the Gilbert, Phoenix and Line island groups. So basically, Kiribati is in the middle of nowhere. Both my parents were born and raised in Kiribati but came to New Zealand in 1997 to seek growth and opportunity not only for themselves but for their children. I believe the way you are raised will shape how you put yourself out there. Growing up in a household of cultural and faithful morals and beliefs, I am taught to love everyone and view life in a positive way. This is who I am. What I give out, I want to receive as well. I encourage not only students but teachers to have a mindset of ‘anything is possible’ which also happens to fit with our theme of Hope and Contemplation this year.
My goal is to keep the togetherness strong within our College. Here within the school grounds, I feel the aroha from many girls which creates an environment of belonging, and the warm feeling of whaanau and positivity. I know this is particularly important for our juniors. I see girls helping and encouraging each other to go outside their comfort zones and being together as one. As Head Girl, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing this. Jesus teaches us through various scriptures that working together and being faithful will bring us blessings throughout our lives. My favourite quote from the Bible, Mark 5:36 “Do not fear, only believe”, has always stuck with me since I was a little girl and this significant quote has helped me to overcome obstacles and has taught me to believe in myself. My hope for 2019 Sacred Heart students is that they uphold the Sacred Heart values and treat others with kindness.
My final words for everyone is to spread positivity, give love and share the greatest gifts you each possess. Through this we are sure to have a blast this year and be the person God wanted us each to be.
Kam bati n raba ao tekeraoi n ami reirei.