When I was told that I had been nominated for Head Girl I was, naturally, overjoyed. Many people told me that it was an excellent opportunity and would aid me in later life. Although I agree with this and acknowledge the fact that I would benefit immensely from it, this is not the reason why I initially aspired to this post. Despite the protestations that seem to accompany anything related to school, I have come to realise that we are extremely privileged to receive a brilliant education and have many people to thank. I believe that we should try to give something back to the school, if not to take action in our ‘thank you’, but to provide younger students with the beneficial support that we had. Becoming head girl would mean that I was able to give back to the school and if I could help in any way I would feel that I had accomplished a great achievement.
i believe that I am suited to the role of Head Girl. Over the last four years that I have spent at Park School I have learnt many things including responsibility, hard work, commitment and confidence. Not only have I earned the grades that I have strived to achieve; I have also enjoyed myself, something that I believe to be of great importance. I believe that enjoyment is a key element in the experience of school and if you are content and happy in your working environment than you will naturally work harder and put more effort into both school work and extra-curricular activities. I would try my hardest to make sure that younger members of our school were able to enjoy themselves in an environment where they can learn and socialise. I am also an active member of a number of clubs and activities outside of school. I have contributed to teaching the lower school through the P.S.E Drama program.
Using Forum Theatre, we address the issues that surround many young adults and help them to understand how to deal with them. Not only has this improved my confidence but I feel that many students have benefitted from the experience. Outside of school I am enthusiastic performer and a member of The Barnstaple Young Generation, Stage Coach and dance lessons. I am also an active member of the school choir. Through my experiences I have gained a huge amount of confidence and self assurance enabling me to talk competently to large groups of people. Performing has also taught me commitment and teamwork because attendance is crucial and working well with others is compulsory. I have now begun rehearsing for a show in which all the profits will go to charity. Performing occupies a lot of my time but I am still able to apply myself fully to lessons and homework showing that I can give 100% in every aspect without sacrificing any effort in other areas.
I gave up a substantial amount of time to aiding G.C.S.E Drama students in their final practical exams by learning how to operate the lights in the Drama Hall. This was an immense responsibility and I spent many evenings at school until 8 o’clock! I also helped in the Fashion Show, helping with the lighting and contributing towards the set by producing one of the flower sculptures that will stand in the square during the North Devon Festival. Performing and Art is a very large part of my life but I am also extremely enthusiastic in academic subjects and have recently begun to voluntarily tutor individual students in Science to hopefully help them realise confidence and work slowly through problems they may face. Earlier this year, I represented the school in The Royal Society of Chemistry competition in which we placed an impressive 5th out of 35 schools in the area.
It was held at Exeter College and after being chosen as the year 10 member I became part of the first team that Park School had ever sent. I believe that I would bring a lot to the position of Head Girl. Ever since one of my first days, when we were introduced to the Head Girl, I have aimed towards it and taken every opportunity to contribute towards it. I have tried to achieve high grades, become involved with any after school clubs that interest me and volunteer for any house sports that require team members. I have come face to face with many issues, such as bullying and peer pressure and feel that I can relate to many people in the same situation. Healthy eating, uniform and recycling are three issues I would like to address if I became Head Girl and would strive to listen and reflect any views that I am presented from pupils.
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