One huge benefit of remaining at Hatherop for Prep 7 & 8 is the added responsibility given as ambassadors of the school and second in command to Mr Williams and Mr Reed. I decided to sit down with all four of our Heads of School to find out more about their roles and life at the top of the school.
What are your main responsibilities as Heads of school?
Aside from being ambassadors for the school an extra responsibility for this year is we are being asked to support Mr Reed with handing out various awards and certificates in celebration assembly.
We are also the voices for the school for some of the younger children to share their views and thoughts to either Mr Reed or Mr Williams. Instead of having Heads of School Council this year we are going to be representing and sharing the pupils’ voice to ensure all children feel heard throughout the school. We have also been asked to run a series of projects with our houses which we will be responsible for organising and running, which we are really excited about.
We also know we need to be leading by example as ambassadors of the school and set a good example to all the other younger children.
Is there anything you are particularly excited or nervous about?
Speech Day! We are a mixture of excited and very nervous about speaking to such a large audience at the end of the year. We are also really excited about continuing to do lots of tours for new parents and showing them around the school. We also know that we will be responsible for helping to mentor both Prep 6 & 7 on touring parents which will be exciting also.
Are there any changes that you would like to make?
We would love to help arrange and organise some additional lunchtime clubs and run or support with them for some of the younger children. We are also very keen to try and host more School Council meetings to ensure we can action some of the points that are being made so pupils can discuss the changes happening throughout the school.
What advice would you give to our younger children about life at Hatherop?
Make the most of every opportunity! Take advantage of all of these additional clubs like marital arts, hockey etc and keep going with them. I really regret not pursuing with some of the clubs and should have kept going at them for longer even when I started to lose interest.
Also, try not to compare yourself to others too much and judge yourself against what others are achieving. Try not to worry too much about what other people think and really just enjoy your time at school.
Plans for the future? What are your next steps?
Either Malvern college, Cheltenham College, Marlborough College, Rendcomb or Westonbirt for next year.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to when you move on to your Senior School?
An ever wider range of opportunities to choose from. It feels like walking in to a whole other country when we went to look around the Senior Schools as they are so vast. It is so much bigger and a larger amount of people to get to know. We feel ready now to take this step into a much larger school and embrace these opportunities.