Leo Mamedov is a Year 12 student here at Macleans College. He is a peer support leader and an executive in other clubs. Leo also plays the saxophone for Macleans Symphony Orchestra and the famous group ‘The Saxy Men’. He was asked about his thoughts on Macleans College and his time here.

Macleans College is undeniably an exceptional school, ranking among the top co-educational state schools here in Aotearoa New Zealand. It offers breathtaking views and is filled with amazing people. Ever since my first days as a clueless and naive Year 9 in 2020, I’ve experienced unwavering support from all my peers and teachers. 

One of the remarkable aspects that define our school is the vast number of opportunities it offers to its students. With a diverse selection of over a hundred clubs and activities, there truly is something for everyone. Whether it’s in the realm of culture, sports, service, or academics, they’re simply too enticing to resist. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and embracing challenges are essential elements for achieving success. 

Over the years, I’ve taken part in the school’s premier table tennis team, student council team, UNICEF, Intercultural club, Amnesty, Interact club, Model United Nations, Macleans College Chorale, Macleans Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Sinfonietta, Stage Band, Knights of the Castle, and of course the newly formed Saxy Men Quartet. Every single one of these activities enhances my personal growth and a new way of having fun. 

Leo Mamedov playing at Eienstedfodd 2023 (Photography by Joseph Zhang)

When I was a Year 11 student last year, I sought the opportunity to contribute further by applying to be part of the Kupe peer support role. I was honoured enough to be selected as a peer supporter this year. The driving force behind my application was the desire to play a meaningful role in supporting others, especially the new younger generation of Macleans, while also giving back to my house. 

Looking back on my time as a peer support, I have no regrets. And as my Year 12 chapter slowly closes, there is one message I have for the younger generation of Macleans. Put yourself out there, try new things, and accept new challenges. Just like what Mark Twain said: 

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

28th July, 2023
Written by Leo Mamedov and edited by Emma Li
Photography by Emma Li and Joseph Zhang

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