Head Girl - Isabel Cann
It is hard to believe that I am about two thirds of the way through my term of being Head Girl. Time has raced past and as we charge into 2020 and a whole new decade, I thought it worthwhile to just pause for a minute and reflect on my time as Head Girl so far. I have to confess that this is my first blog as Head Girl (my first blog ever!). But I hope you will accept my excuse of GCSE mocks which seem to have consumed so much of my time recently. Fortunately they are over and Year 11’s can now breathe for a bit, well, until the real GCSE exams come over the horizon!Working alongside the Deputy Head Girl (and my longest and best friend), Anna Arevalo, we have had the honour of performing a variety of duties of Head and Deputy Head.
At the very start we were thrown into the cauldron of Prize Giving and having to give a speech to the parents, governors, teaching staff and girls. It was a daunting but very enjoyable experience (hopefully for everyone listening too!). Since then we have presented to prospective parents at Open Days, in school assembly and at the carol service. Other duties have included scheduling the prefects and commencing preparations for our end of year prom. Ultimately though it is representing the school and trying to be a role model for the younger girls which makes me most proud.Outside of GCSE’s and Head Girl duties, I’ve been very much enjoying representing St Nicholas at various sports, especially in netball, basketball and cross country, to name just a few. I have also had the pleasure of helping to coach the younger girls at netball and various other sports.
As I start to turn my focus to sixth form colleges, the end of my time at St Nicholas is becoming very real. I have been here since Reception, age 4. The thought of going somewhere else is both scary and exciting. Knowing how well St Nicholas has prepared me, both educationally and socially, for the next chapter of my life gives me great confidence. So with only a handful of months to go, I will try and relish every day both as Head Girl and a final year student.
Deputy Head Girl - Anna Arevalo
As we draw closer to the Christmas holidays, I have found myself reflecting on my time so far as Deputy Head Girl. In May last year, I was honoured to be given the role of Deputy Head Girl along with the Head Girl and my best friend Izzy Cann.
In July, I particularly enjoyed our prize giving afternoon, which consisted of a wonderful concert followed by an award ceremony, recognising the achievements of St Nicholas’ girls throughout the academic year. The guest speaker, Paralympic tennis player and ex-pupil Lucy Shuker, made this year’s Prize Giving all the more special for Izzy and I. We both love our sport and found her speech incredibly inspiring. As I sat listening to the speeches, I could hardly believe I was at my final prizegiving ceremony. It didn’t seem possible that 7 years ago I was sitting with my fellow year 3 pupils never imagining I would be on the podium and giving my speech.
Having been at the school since reception I have witnessed many changes at St Nicholas’ including new facilities, technological developments, the uniform has been modernised, many staff changes (but still lots of familiar faces) and lots of pupils have come and gone. As well as change there are also things that have remained constant. There is something reassuringly familiar about our annual events including prizegiving, Christmas plays and concerts, the school production, sports days, summer fayre and St Nicholas day, all of these are such an important part of life here at St Nicholas. I love the fact that we share experiences with pupils from each part of the school which also helps us to all feel part of the wider school family.
More recently, the Autumn Term, has been just as busy and exciting. I have continued to do lots of sport, including many matches with our year 10 and 11 netball team, competing in the local district league. Here at St Nicholas’, we are so fortunate to have the range of extra-curricular activities available to us. We are so lucky to be able to participate in music, sport, drama, science and language clubs during and after the school day. Every year new things appear. This allows us to develop our skills and interests outside the classroom.
My time in the seniors has gone so quickly so I would say to all our pupils, enjoy your time at the school, take every opportunity you are given and take advantage of the great facilities and staff that we have here at St Nicholas’.