Gabriella McKey - Head Student

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kia Ora! My name is Gaby McKey and I am very honoured and excited to be the Head Student for Marian College in 2024. Over the past four years I have been lucky enough to have had inspirational and approachable student leaders guide me through my high school journey, and as the Head Student I want to ensure other students continue to feel supported to embrace Marian mana. With the new year and the new school environment there is so much potential for our ako to grow into strong wahine, and I, alongside my fellow leaders, am ready to lead by example in showing how to make the most of the opportunities Marian has to offer. I have learnt so much about what it means to be a servant leader through my peers and teachers, and I look forward to continuing to grow my faith by giving back to others. Bring it on 2024!

Deputy Head Student, Senior School: Luatimu Taaso

My name is Luatimu Taaso and I am the Deputy Head Student overlooking the senior school.  I am a proud New Zealand born and raised Tamaitai Samoa and as a student leader in 2024, I cannot wait to uphold the whanaungatanga within our community. I am so excited to lead our school alongside my peers as service and faith have always been a huge part of my upbringing. There is a common Samoan proverb that we use - "O le ala i le pule o le tautua" - The path to success is through service.  

Since starting Marian I have joined new groups and participated in many school events and programmes such as Bishop Lyons, Polyfest, Kapa Haka, Sacramental programme, Alpha, Volleyball and Choir as well as Math competitions and many more. Marian has given me so many opportunities to form new connections, friendships and most importantly strengthen my faith along the way, and for that I'll forever be grateful. 

I hope to be an inspiration to my younger sisters and peers as one of the leaders at our school Marian College at Māhutonga.

Deputy Head Student, Junior School: Tessa Jamieson-Timo

Kia ora.

My name is Tessa Jamieson-Timo. During my time at Marian I’ve made the most of the opportunities that have come my way. I have coached junior netball teams, played many sports, and most recently I have served as Student Representative on the Board of Trustees. I am excited to be leading alongside my peers and I hope that we can give back to the school that has produced so many mana wāhine. My faith has gotten me through many hardships and I hope to encourage our  ākonga to follow with their faith and to love God. 

I hope to inspire Marian girls and to take leadership roles and to lead humbly. I promise to give my all to enhance our culture here at Marian College at Māhutonga.

Head of Special Character: Ellen Scott

Kia ora, I am Ellen Scott, and I feel truly blessed to take on the role of Head of Special Character for 2024 at Marian College.

Since my journey began in Year 9, the profound faith at Marian has held a special place in my heart and my aroha for my teachers, peers, and God has flourished. As I reflect on the past four years and the Special Character activities I’ve been involved in, I can feel God’s hand drawing me closer to Him, preparing me to be a fisher of people and, like Mary and the founders of Marian, saying ‘Yes’ to that calling.

I am thrilled to embark on this journey, supported by my teachers and my wonderful Deputy Ella Malone, as we make use of the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Since its blessing at the end of 2023, I am excited by the potential it holds and its major role in our students’  lives.

This year I will strive to be a leader who nurtures our sacred faith and the beauty of our Catholic tradition within our College.