We are delighted to share with you an update on how our Head Students are settling in with their Head Student roles.
Before becoming a Head Student, I knew that it was a role that required a great amount of responsibility and hard work and thought that it mainly involved organising RAG Week, Leavers’ Ball and many of the school events that take place. However, taking on this role has allowed me to appreciate the amount of effort as well as the teamwork that goes behind all these events that many people may not know about. As the end of term approaches, RAG Week preparations are in full swing and I have been devoting my time to organising RAG Ball as well as overseeing Top of the Pops. I’m so excited to see how our last RAG Week will be and hope that we raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities.
At first, I knew that the Head Student role meant that we would be involved in RAG Week, Leavers’ Hoodies and Year 13 Leavers’ Ball, as well as other responsibilities. However, it has been so much more than that. I have been working closely with the Development Trust, where I helped organise last year’s summer fundraiser where we raised around £2500 for the school. I have more recently got together a group of Development Trust ambassadors who will be advocates for the Development Trust within their year group. It goes without saying that I am looking forward to RAG Week as we have put so much effort into it and are truly proud of what we have created. Beyond that, I am really excited for our next campaign launch, details of which will be coming soon. Although I may not be in role for its completion, I can really appreciate the difference the campaign will make within the school.
After hearing about the role from the previous Head Students, I thought I knew almost exactly what I was signing up for, yet there is a copious amount of day to day tasks that the role requires, and it has opened up many opportunities that I would have never dreamed I would have. As we are approaching RAG week, I have been dedicating most of time to ensuring that this year’s ‘Ads and Trailers’ is the best that I can make it to be! Also, we have managed to give out the Leavers’ Hoodies already, meaning that everyone can wear them in the winter months, a big achievement as we worked to very strict deadlines. Moving forward, I am both anxious and filled with excitement as RAG week approaches, I know that as a team we are ultimately trying our hardest to raise as much money as we can for our carefully chosen charities.
For me, the looming arrival of RAG week clouded my expectation of the tasks that Head Students have to carry out; I was already brainstorming ideas in Term 4 of last year. Yet coming into the role, I’ve found that there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that the lower years don’t get to see – and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! I’ve had the opportunity to deliver a speech to prospective parents/carers and students at the Year 7 Open Evening. I spoke about how the teachers of our school have empowered and inspired me to aspire to become a teacher myself. I am currently working on the RAG Week Panto; scriptwriting and directing. At each rehearsal, I am in awe of the teachers’ enthusiasm, as well as that of my peers who have given up their time to help direct. I want to make sure this year’s RAG Week is spectacular!
Taking on the role of Head Student, I was both anxious and excited. However, I did think we would have a few quiet terms to ease into the job. This was not the case, with the general day to day organising of events right from the get go. Coming to the school only a few terms before I had just experienced my first RAG week and didn’t really appreciate how important it is in the school community. Organising it this year I have been able to see how amazing it truly is, I have really loved planning Top of the Pops.