Student Leaders 2014
Michael Williams - Head Prefect
My name is Michael Williams. I am a hostel boy and live not far from Ranfurly, in the Maniototo. I am the youngest of 3 siblings, as I have two older sisters Lauren and Sam. I have a very high interest in sport, particularly Rugby and Cricket. I also aspire to achieve at a high level in the academic field. From a young age I have been encouraged to ‘give everything a go’ and what better place to do that than Otago Boys High School. One of the first things I noticed as I stepped foot on Otago Boys grounds and throughout my schooling years at Otago Boys, was the nearly unlimited amount of opportunities the school has to offer. Whether it be the interaction with other schools partaking in the production and kapa haka or choosing from a very wide range of sports, Otago Boys has the lot. To any new students entering the school, I encourage you all to take on as many opportunities as possible as this not only allows you to widen your range of skills but also allows you meet all kinds of new people inside and out of the school grounds.
Benjamin Wardhaugh - Deputy Head Prefect
My name is Benjamin Wardhaugh and I’m proud to be the Deputy Head Boy at Otago Boys'- a school which has given me so many opportunities, both sporting and academically over the last few years.
As a young fella, I knew OB’s was the school I wanted to go to and I’ve never regretted this decision. My older brother went to Otago Boys. and my younger brother is currently here too, and we’ve all enjoyed it.
During my time at OB’s I have represented the school in swimming, water polo, cross country, athletics, duathlon, triathlon, cycling and basketball. We are lucky to have very dedicated staff who make such a wide range of sports and activities possible.
The teachers at Otago Boys' have also given me the support, encouragement, and the opportunities to achieve my academic goals of excellence at NCEA Level 1&2, and hopefully Level 3 this year. Although I’ve always been busy with other activities, the emphasis has been put on academics first and all students are encouraged to be the best they can be in the classroom.
Recently I have also been part of the Otago Boys' Treasury Challenge team which has been a great experience for me. Our team made it to the National final (the third year in a row for an Otago Boys' team), and we travelled to Wellington to present our policies to Treasury analysts and Victoria University staff. This took us out of our comfort zones and extended our thinking past what we are learning in class. We were delighted to be placed third equal.
Academic and sporting aside, some of my best OB’s memories to date have been at the school’s lodge in the Matukituki Valley on the edge of the Mt Aspiring National Park. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there at year 10 camp, leadership camp in year 12 and as a student leader on a year 10 camp this year.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience all the great things on offer at Otago Boys' and to be part of its proud tradition.
Head Prefect, Michael Williams, flanked by Benjamin Wardhaugh, Deputy Head Prefect and Logan Bain, Head of School House.