Tēnā koutou katoa, kia orāna, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bonjour, guten tag, konnichiwa, nay hoh!
We are Jemma, Niamh and Caitlin and we are all extremely honoured and privileged to be 2018’s Cultural Prefects!
We are very excited about the upcoming year ahead and are looking forward to the amazing things we as a whānau, we as a student body and we as individuals can achieve by working together. It is our hope that we can be the role model’s and examples to the school community that leadership has no limits or restrictions, whether it be culture, ethnicity, age or gender. As the Cultural Prefects of the Māori, Pasifika and International realms of our school it is our hope that we can inspire all the students of Marlborough Girls’ College to see beauty in diversity and the alluring traits of accepting, embracing and connecting with the cultures of others.
Every culture has stories of how their ancestors voyaged to their home countries. On these voyages undoubtedly came a lot of self discovery, and traits such as bravery, independence and strength that we at Marlborough Girls College recognise with our theme of Mana Wahine. We aim to help students take their voyage into self discovery, self love and pride for who they are and where they come from. Our focuses include leadership and promotion of cultural identities, supporting education of New Zealand’s biculturalism with acknowledgement to Māori as Tangata Whenua and supporting effective relationships and practises to support all Māori, Pasifika and International students. We believe that it is not only important to recognise the hard work and value of ourselves, but also those of the people around us. We hope that all students of any ethnicity will excel at learning to love each other and support each other to break a divide or mold that others may place them in.
Lastly, we want to finish with a quote by M.F Moonzajer; “Our culture is our identity, and personality. It gives us spiritual, intellectual and emotional distinction from others and we are proud of it.”
We are proud of the diversity we have at MGC and we are excited for the journey we continue to take this year!