Meet our Head Students

February 27, 2024

We are delighted to introduce our Head Students for 2024

L-R Alex Mathieson, Sarah Stevens, Madeline Coombes, Isla McNulty

Madeline Coombes

Kia Ora, my name is Madeline.

Heading into my fifth and final year at Hillcrest High School I am beyond honoured to uphold the position of a head student for 2024. This role is both a tremendous responsibility and a great privilege. I’m beyond excited to embody and demonstrate the values that our school upholds, fostering a sense of unity, respect, and excellence among all aspects of Hillcrest High School.

As I look back on the past twelve years of school I’ve always been amongst leadership aspects, whether it be within sporting or group activities in the classroom. So, I guess you could say this role has been an aspiration of mine for some time now. 

Alex Mathieson 

Wow. Never thought this day would come, but it is an astounding honour and privilege to be selected as a Head Student at Hillcrest High this year. 6 months ago, if someone had told me I’d be up at quarter to ten writing a blurb about myself for a head student role, I would have called that person absolutely bananas. However, it’s a great day for bananas it seems, because here I am, and I intend to take the opportunity to make 2024 a special year for all Hillcrest Students & Community, especially the class of 2024. I’ve got a love and passion for interacting with as many people as I can, and if I can bring as many smiles to peoples faces this year as possible, then I’d call that a success.

It occurs to me that opportunities like this are very much described by the phrase “once in a lifetime” and as such, I’d like to spend this year making as many positive impacts, good memories and great moments for everyone at Hillcrest. I look forward to working with Sarah, Madeline and Isla, and I’m sure the 4 of us will make an action packed team to deliver on what will become, no doubt, a legendary year. 

Isla McNulty 

For those wondering who I am, my name is Isla.

I am finishing up my time at high school this year, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to take on a role as a head student.

I love all the opportunities our school offers whether it’s the classes, the sports, or leadership opportunities.

I like to do things that challenge me. I believe that this role will do that and I will have so much to learn from this year.

I’m excited to get as involved as possible and to give back my time to create amazing high school experiences.

Sarah Stevens

Hey, my name is Sarah, and I’m absolutely honoured to be able to stand in this position as a head student of 2024. As I entered Hillcrest for the very first time at just 13 years old I was warmly welcomed by two smiling faces in bold, blue blazers. From that moment this role has been an aspiration of mine. Now, I am faced with not only the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the leaders that continued to inspire me for five years, but the opportunity to make as much of an impact on someone as the head students had on me all those years ago.

For my past five years at Hillcrest my goal has been to try everything, from the arts to various sports groups to different subjects I’ve never heard before. By getting stuck in immediately I was able to develop who I am as a person while meeting so many wonderful people. To me, this role is an opportunity to influence others to do the same. I can’t wait to get stuck into whatever the year throws at us, and hopefully make an impact on someone, just as the head students all those years ago did to me.