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Wellington College gets first PI head boy

Dec 9th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

WHEN Headmaster Roger Moses pulled Karl Moresi aside after assembly, the year 12 Samoan student thought he was in trouble, but instead was told he was voted head boy for 2009.

With some students calling him Barack, Karl (right) is proud to be a role model for younger Polynesian students in accepting the leadership position. He is the first Samoan head boy in the school’s 141-year history.

“Being the first Polynesian head prefect, it kind of opens up a whole new pathway for other Polynesian leaders,” says Karl. “I’m like a guide and show a pathway for our younger guys.

“This year I have pretty much thrown myself into the life of the school just trying to do as many things as I can.  Not because I wanted to be a prefect, but because I want to leave the school saying, ‘I have done everything I possibly could, within my time’.”

Acting in a school production, singing in the chorale, and training as part of the college’s hockey and soccer first eleven teams – as well as working towards NCEA level two – has kept Karl busy this year.

Despite having finished his exams for the year, he is studying hard and fund raising for a trip to the Netherlands in January, after being chosen as a delegate to debate global issues as part of the United Nations Youth Association.

Karl’s Samoan-born parents are ecstatic with his achievements, and he says his culture has got a lot to offer.

“We get taught all these values. The main one is respect. We have learnt to accept other cultures, and we hope that the same kind of respect is reciprocated…Then we are more united,” he says.

In the future, Karl hopes he can capitalise on another of his achievements, and work as a soccer coach.  He has been accepted for a two-week coaching course at Sir Bobby Charlton’s soccer academy near London.

“I’m really passionate about football coaching.  It’s the most fun job, because you are actually teaching as well.  When your team is winning, everybody is reaping the rewards.”


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