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Some Shining Reviews


We feel very fortunate to have the Stars programme in our school. The silent voices are now being heard and it encourages reflection and gives confidence. The seniors are now exercising the leadership potential we knew they had.” Principal, Akaroa Area School

“Our first goal in 2011 was to increase our attendance above 90%. We have about that now, but not just for Juniors but for Seniors as well. What surprise me was the change of attitude among Seniors once we implemented the Stars programme. They have taken it on themselves. All of a sudden they are important. They are being given training programmes, they are being given some status at the school, and I guess that status is saying ‘you are someone special for us, you are going to work with our Year 9’s'.” – Principal, Manurewa High School


“I learnt how important team work is for the Stars leaders as well as the year 9's. I also gained some leadership skills and how to get the year 9's to listen and pay attention” – Year 9 student Kelston Girls School

“Stars has helped me in lots of ways. When I first started at high school, I wasn’t confident to face school challenges. Stars taught me communication, risk taking, having fun and teamwork.” Year 9 student, Auckland Seventh-day Adventist High School

“Stars really helped me to get over being shy and embarrassed all the time. Even if I am new, I know I can join a team and make friends more easily, which really helps when you come from a small place like Pakotai.” Year 9 student, Northland College

“I have gained patience when dealing with students younger than me and boosted my confidence to lead a group of people, as well as take responsibility for my actions.” Stars Peer Mentor