The 12 students being honoured were Georgia Dearlove, Esther Miller, Jesse Easterbrook, Isabel James, Athina Karika, Renzo Katoa, Mia Bullivant, Taonge Poila, Liliana Tierney, Tamarua Pukeiti, Rakiki Brown and Aiyana Prasad.
“What makes a good ambassador is the students who have a passion to help our other children,” said deputy principal Teia Potoru.
“And those that when you give them a job, they say, ‘I can do this’. Those that have the heart for the school, the heart for learning, the heart and passion for our culture and our language.”
Congratulating the school’s 12 new ambassadors, principal Mark Harris said it was a “well-deserved honour” for all of them.
“I take my hat off to you all for showing that you have what it takes to be our school ambassadors in 2018 and I know that as the year progresses we will see you grow in your leadership ability and as individuals.”
Chairperson of the school’s board, Louise Wittwer, also had some heartfelt words for those other students who had applied to be ambassadors but were unsuccessful.
“I do want to address those children out there that so bravely and confidently also applied for an ambassador role and were unsuccessful in their application,” she said. “It’s always a challenging time getting over disappointments of this level and this nature.
“You might not have made it up to the ambassador level this year but please don’t be disenchanted, because I see a lot more than 12 leaders within this school.”
New ambassador Aiyana Prasad said she applied because she wanted “to be a role model in school and be someone that the little kids can look up to”.
“When it’s raining at lunchtimes we’ll go in the classrooms and look after them, and at playtime and all that we will make sure everyone has someone to play with.”
Renzo Katoa said he was “excited and nervous at the same time” when he found out he was going to be an ambassador.
He was also looking forward to a few of the perks that go with the job. “Every time we go on trips we get special privileges,” he said. “So we get to do stuff that other people don’t do. It’s pretty fun.”