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Student Stories

Many of our students have gone on to achieve further academic success.  Read their stories below. 
You too can be a success story.

Helen Woolner
helenwoolnerAt 16, Helen Woolner was pregnant and about to ditch school.  She came to He Huarahi Tamariki “for the free lunch” and developed a love of learning.
Helen  was the face of the Victoria University graduation ceremony in May 2009 in the Dominion Post.  Helen completed her BSc in Chemistry and went on to complete her Masters.  Her thesis is titled “The Isolation for Secondary Metabolites  from Tongan Marine Organisms”.  Helen is currently enrolled in a PhD programme at Victoria University.
“Coming to HHT changed my life.  It gave me the confidence and opportunity to finish my schooling and go to university.”
HHT is very proud of Helen’s achievements.  She was our guest speaker at prize giving in 2012 and urged students to “follow your dreams, grasp every opportunity and take help when it is offered”.

Petra Haliciopoulos
PetraHaliciopoulos“Since having Kayden my life has completely changed and with it my view on education.  Now, because of my son and because of He Huarahi Tamariki, I absolutely love learning.
I didn’t want to end up the stereotypical  teen parent – staying home doing little with my life.
HHT was for me, an incredible place.  It gives a safe and happy learning environment for teenage parents.  Attending the school has meant that my future, and the future of my son, looks bright.  I know that I can do well if I set my mind to it”.
Extract from “All Woman – a modern portrait of New Zealand women” by Bev Short.
Petra has just completed a BA from Victoria University in History and Classical Studies. 

Victoria Scheule 
victoriascheuleVictoria Scheule credits He Huarahi Tamariki with her decision to become a teacher.
Playing truant from school, mixing with the wrong crowd and becoming pregnant at 16  -
“Carter changed my life.  I knew I had to come back to school”.
Victoria has completed a BA in English Literature and Education from Victoria University.  “The first year was tough getting a balance between Uni and looking after Carter.”
Victoria is now at the Faculty of Education completing her primary teacher training.  “I simply love it.”

Stephanie O'Carroll
stephanieStephanie O Carroll was keen to get out of school and into the workforce.  Stephanie took part in the Gateway programme which gave her on the job experience as a teller in the banking industry.  After her 10 week placement Stephanie was offered a training contract to become a qualified teller.  She has gone on to further success and received promotion and further responsibility.  

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