Ashburton Intermediate School is starting the year with a new crop of young leaders, including a head boy and head girl for the first time.
Year 8s Nate Woods, 12 (ex Borough) and Savena Fagalima, 12 (ex Allenton) were chosen for the new roles after a tough selection process last year.
The leadership positions came as a surprise, after not hearing their names read out for the four leadership roles they thought were on offer.
The other school leaders are all former Allenton students: Chloe Graham, 12, Aryan Saluja, 11, Molly Harrison, 12 and JJ Tupa, 12.
The school also has eight house captains.
Teacher Matt Jones said the intermediate had 420 students on its roll and wanted to spread responsibility and create more young leaders, who would take that experience on in life.
The school, which has seven Year 7 and seven Year 8 classes, also wanted more students to aspire to leadership roles.
The school has started term one fully staffed (with no change of teachers) and looking forward to a more normal school year.
The school leaders are also looking forward to their new responsibilities, which include running assemblies, welcoming visitors, and showing guests and new students around the school.
Savena said it was a great way to get to know new arrivals.
Nate said he was not nervous about speaking to full school assemblies and looking forward to the leadership challenges.
All the leaders said they had enjoyed making new friends when they started intermediate last year and had made the most of the opportunities on offer, sporting, cultural and academic.
Applying for the roles at the end of last year, they had to create and submit CVs and were then interviewed by three teachers, including principal Brent Gray.
Molly said they were asked about things they would change at the school, but she thought it was great as it was.
Chloe said students would appreciate being able to go home in their physical education uniforms after sport or exercise in last period and Aryan said the bell needed to be louder, especially so those playing some distance from the main campus buildings could hear it.