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Meet the new Prefect team

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We are delighted to introduce our new team of Prefects for 2020/21. They are an incredibly talented group of students and are looking forward to returning to school and getting stuck into their new roles. We caught up with them to find out what they are hoping to achieve within their new roles and their tips for remote learning…

Megan - Head of School

What are you looking forward to about your role as Head of School?
The part of the role I’m looking forward to working with the staff to communicate the views of students on things that really matter to us, and generally acting as an ambassador for the school. Having been here for 7 years I’m looking forward to finishing my time at PHC in this way.

What do you hope to achieve in your role as Head of School?
I hope to develop new skills that will be useful for my future beyond PHC.

What is your favourite memory of your time at PHC?
I have so many memories during my time at PHC, for example the Creative Arts trip to New York, the County Dance Festival, however my highlight was 2020’s House Dance when Gloucester won with the choreography I had created, it was a very proud moment for me and my house.

What are you most looking forward to about returning to PHC?
I am looking forward to being able to see all my friends and get back to a slightly more normal life.

Any advice to your classmates on remote learning or coping with lockdown?
The advice I would give to students struggling with lockdown is that just know that everyone is feeling the same as you, you’re not alone there is light at the end of the tunnel. In day to day life don’t constantly be sat down doing work or in your room, switch things up whether that is going out for a walk or just trying something new or different.

 

Charlie - Deputy Head of School 

What are you looking forward to about your role as Deputy Head of School?
I am looking forward to my role as Deputy Head of School and the opportunity to be an Ambassador for the school as well as a role model to others.  Furthermore, I look forward to running the School Council and last but by no means least I look forward to encouraging new boys to join PHC at every opportunity.

What do you hope to achieve in your role as Deputy Head of School?
As Deputy Head I hope to make my mark in the position in my day to day roles and importantly I should like to encourage more boys who come to view the school to apply to join PHC.

How have you found your first year at PHC – any highlights?
I have thoroughly enjoyed every day of my first year at PHC and my highlights include my fantastic lively history lessons (not clouded by the snacks in any way!) and the opportunity to meet the school president, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Gloucester.

Any advice to new students joining sixth form?
My advice to new students joining sixth form would be, try not to worry, the students and staff are so friendly and helpful and everyone will support you every day of your time here.

What are you most looking forward to about returning to PHC?
I am missing the one to one teaching contact as well as mixing with my friends and am really looking forward to coming back when it is safe to do so.

Any advice to your classmates on remote learning or coping with lockdown?
My advice for coping is “Keep calm and carry on”.  Get on with your studies just as if we were still at school.  Make the most of the time not spent travelling to and from school by getting outside as much as possible.  Although these are strange times it gives us a rare chance to have to stop what we are normally all doing and take a moment to reflect upon what is really important to us in our lives.  It is the chance to catch our breath and refocus our efforts for the future.

Jorja - Head of Gloucester 

What are you looking forward to about your prefect role?
I am looking forward to the whole experience of becoming a Head of House and becoming someone that my peers in Gloucester House can look up to. I am also really looking forward to working with Mrs Chambers, to organise house activities and assemblies and to guide me through the role and new experiences. I am also looking forward to generally having the opportunity to be a Head of House.  

What do you hope to achieve in your prefect role?
As well as maintaining the atmosphere of Gloucester house, I hope to deliver a great team experience and enjoyment for all the members of Gloucester House and for them to have fun, and enhance their school experience. 

What is your favourite memory of your time at PHC?
Sports day is my favourite event at PHC, the three school houses compete against each other, which I love as I am quite a competitive person and I enjoy challenging myself to achieve school records. When everyone is together for sports day, the team spirit and support from the stands for everyone involved is really amazing. It’s also a great opportunity to try different events which you may not have tried before. Teachers also get involved in the events, making sports day a fun day for all and one of the stand out days of the year for me.    

What are you most looking forward to about returning to PHC?
I am most looking forward to seeing all my friends again and being back in the tranquil school environment. Also, I look forward to returning to the school’s co-curricular activities, they really do help to bring students from different years together in one place.   

Any advice to your classmates on remote learning or coping with lockdown?
The advice I would give for remote learning is to have a structure to your day. This is especially important for sixth form students, in ensuring we utilise our study periods for homework and revision. For me personally having a structuring my time effectively makes it easier for me to work as I know what I need to do. With coping with lockdown, I recommend having breaks as it clears your mind and refreshes your memory for your next lesson. 

Katie - Pastoral Prefect 

What are you looking forward to about your prefect role? 
I am looking forward to ensuring that everyone at PHC is supported and aware of the many support systems that run throughout the school. Overall, I hope to make everyone’s time at PHC as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

What do you hope to achieve in your prefect role? 
I hope to encourage communication among the year groups, and the school in general, whilst ensuring the student support systems, such as Guardian Angels, is running and as useful as possible. 

What is your favourite memory of your time at PHC? 
I have many great memories from my time at PHC it’s hard to choose! I think that maybe our Year 11 Muck-Up Day was one of my highlights as we had so much fun as a year group and it was a great boost before our GCSEs. Although, our Sports Days come in close second as they’re such fun days where the whole school gets to celebrate the year ending - with some friendly competition! 

What are you most looking forward to about returning to PHC? 
I am mostly looking forward to being able to see all my teachers and friends again, I think we can all agree that working from home is quite difficult. I really miss seeing everyone at school on a daily basis and hope it gets back to normal soon. 

Any advice to your classmates on remote learning or coping with lockdown? 
Concerning remote learning, I think that it is best to stay on top of all your work and where possible ahead. It is always useful to read ahead in the textbook so you have an idea of what is coming. In these confusing times it’s best to not get stressed about work! I think this especially applies to Year 10s and Year 12s as it is tricky learning the courses from home, both for the students and teachers. Taking as many breaks as needed, however, is also useful to make sure you’re motivated. 

With regards to coping in lockdown, I mostly recommend sports and long walks to help you stay completely positive. I can recommend yoga as it’s a nice way to end the day and if you’re feeling stressed, meditation apps are always available to help. Also ensuring that you stay in contact with your friends over social media will help brighten your days! 

Olivia – Head of Windsor

What are you looking forward to about your prefect role?
I’m looking forward to a new sense of leadership and sharing ideas, as well as collaboration with other students from various year groups.

What do you hope to achieve in your prefect role?
I hope to improve my communication skills with people of all ages, and increase my organisation skills when leading a group of peers.

What is your favourite memory of your time at PHC?
We are very lucky that PHC is set in beautiful countryside, during the warmer months I really enjoy exploring the grounds with friends.

What are you most looking forward to about returning to PHC?
Seeing my favourite teachers!

Any advice to your classmates on remote learning or coping with lockdown?
Don’t stress about it, take it all in your stride and make sure to keep in touch with friends!

Tilly – Co-Curricular Prefect

What are you looking forward about your prefect role?
I am looking forward to working with the head of co-curricular to continue the availability of activities on hand for the students. As well as continuing to offer opportunities for members of different year groups to come to together in activities they enjoy. Lastly, I am looking forward to having some responsibility and hope that after 7 amazing years here I can give something back to the school.

What do you hope to achieve in your prefect role?
I hope to achieve an increased level of involvement in co-curricular activities across all key stages. As well as being a positive and friendly ambassador for the school.

What is your favourite memory of your time at PHC?
I have many brilliant memories at PHC from athletics training in Lanzarote to taking part in a few of the schools many musicals. Yet my favourite memory is my first day of Year 7, meeting my classmates who were strangers then and now are lifelong friends.

What are you most looking forward to about returning to PHC?
I am most looking forward to return back to PHC so that I can see all my friends again. As well as being in the actual school building and taking part in the co-curricular activities.

Any advice for your classmates on remote learning or coping with lockdown?
The only advice I have for my classmates on remote learning and coping with lockdown would be to stay positive. Work hard in your lessons and with your homework but also allow your brain to have a break. Have a break from your screens and get outdoors on a walk or a bike ride or even just be with your family. Learning remotely can be tricky which is why my advice is to find some grit and don’t give up. Use all the resources you have and don’t be afraid to ask for help as that is all anyone would want to do for you.

Alicia - Head of York and Head of Boarding


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