Thank You and Goodbye

by Lauren Morley, Year 13 Student, Kaipara College

Kia Ora and Happy New Year Helensville community!

Today I am writing to you for one final time. I want to start off by saying thank you to each and every one of you who read these articles. I have always had an interest in journalism and writing in general, and this has been such a great way to fulfil that passion of mine. In 2022, I was able to watch my close friend, Georgia Shivnan, write these monthly articles, and I was always a bit jealous, so when I got offered this role, I jumped at the chance.

Kaipara College was, for me, a great high school, and being able to share the events and my experiences throughout my final year with the Helensville community has been so special. I can’t wait to look back on these articles in a few years and relive everything I wrote about. From covering our Easter fundraiser, Ag Day, Valentine’s PSSP (Peer Sexuality Support Programme) activities and school production to writing more personal articles such as my experience in the gateway programme, peer support camp and the beginning and ending of year 13, each and every one of these articles will keep a special place in my heart.

One thing which I will forever remember is the members of our community reaching out to me to tell me they’ve been reading my writing. I have loved hearing from my friends, fellow students, colleagues, teachers (both past and present) and many others. You have truly made writing these articles worthwhile.

Secondly, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Noah Everard, who will be writing this column on behalf of Kaipara College this year.

Noah and I at the Kaipara College Market day

Noah is a great friend of mine whom I have known since primary school, and he has always been a very kind, compassionate and hard working person. As well as taking on this responsibility, Noah has also been elected to be one of this year’s Student Leaders and a member of the PSSP team. His dedication, involvement in the school and beautiful writing give me nothing but confidence in passing the baton over to him.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this column over the past year, and thank you for all of your kind words in response. I have loved every moment of researching, interviewing and writing for these articles, and it is a monthly habit which I will greatly miss.

Best wishes for 2024, see you around - Lauren xx

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