My name is Natalie Whiteley, I feel privileged to have been chosen as the Deputy House leader of Te Tonga 2022. Ever since I started Craighead I have always looked up to the House Leaders, seeing what amazing jobs they did in their roles. Now standing in my leadership position, I hope to inspire younger students too. Having this leadership role wish come true, I have taken attributes from those who inspire me and applied these to my role so I can become a leader people look up to.
To be a house leader I feel that it’s incredibly important to be inclusive, approachable, kind and empathetic. One of my goals in being Deputy of Te Tonga, is that I want to ensure my peers are welcomed and feel included. Craighead has taught me so many valuable life lessons and I have made meaningful connections and relationships that I will be forever grateful for. Craighead has shaped me into the person I am today.
During my time at Craighead, I have played various different sports such as: Basketball, Netball, Touch and Volleyball. I love the sporting culture at Craighead, which has made me love every sport I have played here. Next year, I plan to go to University and study a Bachelor of Law.
While heading into University I will still take with me the connections I have made at Craighead and the life skills of: resilience, time management, responsibility and integrity just to name a few. To the young students who have dreams and goals they wish to achieve at Craighead, I would like to say – no dream is too big. With the right motivation and determination you can achieve anything you put your mind to.