This year's Head Students are Ollie Blyth and Meg Thomas and our Student Board of Trustee Representative is Annabel Hutchison.
At MAC we also have four student led committees offering student opportunities in the following areas:
Click on the links below to see more of what each committee participate in.Academic Cultural Service Sports
MAC Mag '21 (Mount Aspiring College Magazine 2021)
Click on this link to see the annual college magazine which details many of the exploits of the committees endeavours from last year plus much, much more!
Having the opportunity to serve as one of Mount Aspiring College's 2021 Head Students has been an absolute honour. If I could have told my Year 8 self that I would be in the position that I am today, she would have most likely cried. I don't think she thought that when putting 'I want to be Head Girl' into her Prezi presentation, that it would actually happen.
It's crazy to think that this year is almost over, let alone our schooling career is coming to an end. The chance to serve as a Head Student has been incredible. I have learnt so much about myself and how to work with others, as well as having so many opportunities for which I am very grateful.
This year has been unexpected. In the world we are living in currently, we never quite know what is around the corner. Despite the uncertainty, there have been numerous opportunities that this role has provided me. One of these was speaking at the Wānaka ANZAC Day Service about the role of women in the military. I felt privileged to share the stories of wahine that have served our country, and ensure that their names are never forgotten. Throughout the year we have also met many politicians, including Minister Chris Hipkins, who a week later we saw on the news updating us on our latest COVID cases in our second national lockdown.
For me, I think the greatest thing that has come out of this year is the new Wellness Committee. I believe that this will fill a space within the MAC culture to ensure that students, parents, and staff wellbeing is being prioritised for many years to come.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported me this year. To Olive, Mrs Jacobsen, and my teachers, thank you for putting up with me and guiding me through this journey. To the Student Exec and the House Leaders, thank you so much for the huge amount of hard work and dedication you each brought to your roles. To Mum and Dad, I cannot thank you enough for your constant love, it means the world. Finally, the wider Wānaka community, thank you for supporting Mount Aspiring College in so many ways.
I would like to encourage everyone to apply for a leadership position and put themselves out there. Whilst uncomfortable at times, it is a very rewarding role. Stand up for what is right, don't back down. In the past, I have felt that I shouldn't speak out, as I was afraid of people's perceptions. This role has taught me that the ultimate damage is not what is done by the 'bad people' but the silence of the so-called 'good'. We all have our own individual voices, but when they come together we can harness the power of the collective and make real change.
I have always felt immense pride to be able to say I attend MAC and I will carry this with me for the rest of my life. I cannot express my gratitude towards Wānaka, and Mount Aspiring College.
It has been an honour to serve the school, and I am looking forward to what the future holds.
Meg ThomasSee more from this year's MAC Mag
I came to Mount Aspiring College in 2018 from my Auckland school of over 3,000 students. My biggest worry when making the move was that my family was flinging me away from my home to a 'desolate lake in the middle of nowhere'. Despite this admittedly dramatic take, I can now see that in the four years I have lived here, I feel very at home in Wānaka (I do concede that the lake has grown on me a little). It goes without saying that I have been shaped by my environment and the people of MAC.
Our school is currently in the middle of some very significant changes. A new uniform; ongoing construction; new leadership; and changes to the dean and house system have all been necessary responses to growth. I feel extremely lucky to have been a Head Student during this time. It has been fantastic to work alongside Meg and Mrs Jacobsen to define what these roles mean to us, and to refine what it means to be a leader during a period of transition.
If there is anything that I have learned this year, it is that change must be embraced as an essential part of life. Naturally, the interruptions we have experienced for a second year in a row due to COVID-19 have played a large role in this. In a world where we do not know what next week looks like, it has been crucial to take each day step-by-step and never take anything for granted. Exciting expectations have transformed overnight into disappointments, and it is obvious that we would all have preferred life to have continued in the fashion of the 'before times'. Regardless, I see that the people of this school have proven resilient and taken challenges head on.
Nothing has taught me this more than the experience I have gained in the arts here at school. Creative processes and performance are an integral part of internalising and metabolising the many challenges we face in our world. In order to push through, grow, and change, it is crucial to share an understanding of our common humanity. Thus, the place of the arts in education reminds us to pursue this goal not as individuals, but as a diverse and multi-faceted collective: audiences, leaders, educators, and performers.
Personally, I look back at how much I have grown, and see the many ways in which I have changed (even over the period of a year). I am infinitely grateful to Meg, to Mrs Jacobsen, to the teachers who have known me throughout my time at MAC, to my friends, peers, and whānau, and to the Wānaka community. I thank you all for your compassion, your forgiveness, your encouragement, and your understanding. I cannot wait to come back to school and witness all of the changes that have unfolded in my time away.
Olive BlythSee more from this year's MAC Mag
It seems only yesterday that I was looking at applying for the role of BoTRep, thinking how awesome it would be if I could be voted in, and yet, here we are, at the end of 2021, and I have spent this incredible year as your Student Representative on the School Board for Mount Aspiring College. Having this role has been an immense privilege, and not one I have taken for granted. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to work with and alongside wonderful students and Board members, from whom I have learned so much. This role has given me a better understanding and appreciation of how the school operates, and has allowed me to develop and strengthen my collaboration and communication skills through this valuable leadership experience.
This past year I have been involved in some very important and exciting changes within the school, including the recruitment of our new Principal, Mrs Jacobsen, and the implementation of our new uniform. I feel very honoured to have been able to contribute and have an influence on these decisions. Being a part of the Student Executive committee has also been a highlight of my year, and it has been really rewarding to spend time working alongside student leaders and being able to positively impact the school environment.
I want to express my gratitude to the Board who have been so welcoming and supportive, making this experience much less intimidating and so memorable and enjoyable. If I could leave students with any advice, it would be to get involved and stay authentic to yourself. Your school experience will go quickly, so make the most of it by spending it doing what you enjoy and with people you love. Thank you for this opportunity, I can't wait to see the progress and development of MAC in the future.
Annabel HutchisonSee more from this year's MAC Mag
Kitenga is the newly envisioned gifted and talented programme uniquely designed for MAC studentsGo to Kitenga page
A new connection between MAC and the local snow industry - Cardona and Treble Cone mountain resorts.Snow College webpage
In Wānaka and definitely at MAC we like to 'get amongst it' - what better way than on a Level 1, 2 or 3 Outdoors Pursuit Course.go to the OP page
Working in conjunction with Wānaka Flight Training you can get your PPL in fixed wings or helicopters right here in Wānaka.go to the Aviation webpage
Year 13s are immersed in our community with our volunteer programme - pay it forward.see the SIC webpage
Each year 30 students from all over New Zealand are selected, through interview, to stay in our purpose built Hostel for Year 13.View the Hostel webpage