Sunday 9 September marked the first Chapel service of the new school year, a full Eucharist to welcome parents and pupils to the start of a new academic year. The service was followed by the commissioning of the Prefects and Heads of School: this is when the Upper Sixth Form pupils who have been selected to be Prefects for the year ahead are formally announced and presented to the entire school community and parents.
This year we congratulate new Prefects Mary B, Serena B R, Chris B, Lydia B, Elian C, Timothy C, Gus C, Olivia D, Harry F, Sarah G, Savannah K, Punn Punn I, Anthony L, Ivan L, John-Paul M, Sophie M-S, Bupi M, Josie P, Laura P, Ella P, Sebastian S, Daryna T and Sophie W.
In recognition of the particular responsibilities placed on the Heads of School, this year we have made this a quartet: Lydia B, Elian C, Punn Punn I and Sophie W.
Commenting on the role and responsibilities held by Prefects and Heads of School, Mrs Hilary Dugdale, Senior Deputy Head, writes:
‘A small number of Sixth Formers are chosen to be Prefects every year in recognition of their qualities of leadership, integrity and diligence. They are appointed by the Head Master in the final half term of the Lower Sixth year and then confirmed as fully-fledged Prefects in their commissioning in the first whole-school Eucharist of term.
Our Prefects represent the College during formal occasions – for example when visiting other schools – or in ‘front of house’ roles when welcoming parents and new pupils. Much of the role is pretty quotidian: queue management of the Dining Hall, getting the school in and out of Chapel, or being on the door for plays and concerts.
As a group they are also a conduit between the pupils and senior management, and most particularly the Head Master and the Senior Deputy Head. They meet weekly with the senior staff and discuss the life of the school in a very full way, and this productive and open discussion is one of the most important aspects of their role. The Heads of School also meet with the Head Master every Saturday morning, so they very much have his ear.’
Lydia speaks about her role as Head of School and the part Prefects play in the school: ‘We might have extra roles within ceremonies or special occasions, yet the majority of the role tends to be slightly less visible, to help the school run smoothly and make it the best possible place for the whole school community.’
Elian says: ‘I was extremely grateful and honoured to be given this role, and I hope to give back to the school which has nurtured me over the past years.’
Sophie adds: ‘What I like most about the role is the opportunity to be the link between the student body and senior staff: it is a job that requires the ability to reason on behalf of two different sides.’