"I love sports and the outdoors and I have always enjoyed helping others, so getting involved with the school and taking opportunities as they come just seems like a natural thing to do."
top Must Dos
Walks, bike rides and kayaking
I enjoyed the lockdown. As an extroverted introvert I got to have some space and time away from everyone, but I could still go for a run or a long bike ride and I had plenty of time to do my school work.
But it’s been great to be back at school and see all my mates and get back to the normal routine.
As well as head boy duties I’m also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh programme, swimming, U-18 rugby, water polo and the school peer support programme.
I love sports and the outdoors and I have always enjoyed helping others, so getting involved with the school and taking opportunities as they come just seems like a natural thing to do.
Helping others, and seeing how that helps other people feel happy, helps you feel good about yourself. Helping others also gives you a bit of perspective and helps you better understand the thoughts, feelings and attitudes of others.
When I did the Black Dog Swim [swimming the length of Queen Charlotte Sound twice, or 123km] at the beginning of the year to raise money for I AM HOPE [a youth mental health charity] it wasn’t so much about the amount of money raised [$65,000] but all the awareness and conversation it sparked about mental health issues in young people.
I’ve never been personally affected by mental health, although I have my bad days, like everyone.
I think if boys shared their shit more instead of bottling it up, we’d all be a lot happier. But there’s this toxic masculinity, this idea that boys don’t cry and boys need to be tough, that’s still pervasive.
If society can start opening up more and inviting boys to open up and accept their thoughts and feelings as normal, it would help remove a lot of the stigma around people seeking help when they really need it.
My hope for Marlborough is for people to be able to talk openly about what’s going on for them personally and for them to feel supported when they do.