Today we had a visit from Portia Woodman. This was very exciting for all of us as she is more than just a national hero to many of us here at Ohaeawai. To some of us she was also family.
She talked to us about how we need to be proud of who we are and where we come from. She told us about how she came from Kaikohe, and that she was proud of this and all that she had accomplished because of who she was and is.
Along with telling us about needing to be proud of who we are, she also talked to us about how if we want something badly enough ... we can achieve it. And if that doesn't quite work out, something else will.
She reminded us that there will be highs and lows, and that nothing is going to be perfect all the time, but we will get better and we will get stronger if we keep trying.
This attitude reminded us of how Mrs G keeps reminding us not to say "I can't do something" but to rather add 1 word to the end of it. "I can't do something YET!".
Dreams were also something she talked to us about. She explained her life long dream of playing Netball alongside her idols, becoming a silver fern, but also how that dream shifted into a new dream of playing Rugby for NZ.