From the 20th to the 24th of May, Youth Week took place at Macleans College with the help of the Student Council and Howick Youth Council members. The week-long itinerary offered a plethora of exciting opportunities and activities planned for youth, by youth. 

Youth Week is the largest nationwide event that celebrates youth across Aotearoa. With the theme “We may not have it all together but together we have it all”, events such as hot chocolate mornings, Jump Jam, Kahoot quizzes, compliment writing and a collective mural were set up across the campus.

Members of the council that ran the event included Head Girl, Kelly Yan (Te Kanawa) and Amelia Hu (Mansfield). 

To begin the week, students wrote compliments to each other during form time. This encouraged students to have a grateful and positive outlook for the week ahead. They were also encouraged to add a sticky note to the mural with something that they were grateful for, someone that they appreciate or shoutouts. By the end of the week, the mural painted by Mabel Zhang (Te Kanawa) was filled to the edges with positive messages. 

On Wednesday, students got a chance to get free hot chocolate outside Batten and Te Kanawa. This event aimed to remind students of their collective potential and raise morale for the exam week ahead. 

On Thursday, students got a taste of leadership potential with a form-time kahoot about famous world leaders and leadership values. This quiz was highly enjoyable, prompting teamwork and competition. 

Planned by the Howick Youth Council and our very own Student Council, the event was a huge success. Organising the event required months of planning and many emails detailing the logistics as well as contact between the Student Council and House Leaders. 

Many thanks to the Howick Local Board as well as Mr. Packer and all the teachers who have been involved in the overall success of this event. 

Friday 7th of June

Written by Amelia Hu, edited by Aaron Huang

Photos courtesy of Damien Hollins and Abigail Yeung, edited by Howick Youth Council 

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