It is going to be a busy couple of years for St Kevin’s College pupil Caleb Jopson.
The year 12 pupil has been selected to join the Students Against Dangerous Driving (Sadd) national leadership programme.
Caleb (16), who is the leader of the school’s own Sadd committee, landed the role after he applied for the position about a month ago.
St Kevin’s teacher Michelle Buckham was the driving force behind his decision to apply.
“I applied and didn’t have anything to lose,” he said.
Only 11 spots were available so the chances of being accepted were slim.
Caleb was surprised to hear he had been selected.
“I didn’t really expect to get in,” he said.
Along with the other Sadd members, Caleb will travel to workshops around New Zealand this year and next.
The workshops would teach the pupils leadership skills, which would then be used to help others make better choices on the road, he said.
“I think it would be a really good opportunity to strengthen what we have here in Oamaru.”
His experience volunteering with the Otematata fire brigade helped push his decision to get involved with the Sadd movement.
“We actually go to quite a lot of car crashes. Some of them are really bad, so I wanted to do my part.”
Caleb was excited about his role within the Sadd programme.
“I’m quite looking forward to getting to know what it’s about this year and then next year taking the lead a bit more.”