Head Boy and Head Girl 2014-15

Jordan Jenkins and Beth Norwood have been appointed to the positions of Head Boy and Head Girl for 2014-15.  Read below their thoughts on their recent appointments and their plans for the incoming year.

Head Boy and Head Girl photo

 

Jordan Jenkins – Head Boy

Jordan Jenkins

What was the interview process like and how did you prepare?

Following votes from the members of Year 13 and the teachers, the students with the most votes got a letter asking if they could attend an interview for Head-Boy/Deputy Head-Boy/Senior Prefect. As soon as I got this letter, I had to remember what I had done for my school regarding activities and then I had to produce a presentation. I prepared a 4-5 minute speech to give during the interview that was quite straight forward. Five teachers and the previous academic year’s Head-Boy were sitting around one table and I sat at the end which felt quite claustrophobic because you had many eyes looking at just you. However the questions were not wordy but straight to the point. A few of the questions were; “Tell us about your time in Ballyclare Secondary School and, “What have you contributed to it?” and “Why do you want to be Head-Boy?”

Why do you think that you were chosen?

I think I was chosen because of my involvement in school life, all the extra-curricular activities and the undertakings I have outside school as well. My involvement in the school over the years is vast as I have attended many activities during school and volunteered to attend events that were organised outside of school by the staff. My involvement in the Air Training Core also helped me to promote myself as being a leader which is a big part of life and it also boosts confidence which is essential if you want to achieve your goals. I think that my positive collaborations with the staff boosted my self-worth in the school and allowed the staff to be able to make a judgement that would suit the school.

What are your roles and responsibilities?

My roles and responsibilities as a Head Boy are; to organise the formal that is always a great way of students to have a bit of fun half way through the school year and to give them a break from school work basically; prefect duties; representing the school on Remembrance Sunday; representing the school in any activities that are not on school campus and to act as a role model for the younger students that have just entered their first year of school. Acting as a role model isn’t just important for the new comers to the school but also to the rest of the pupils in the school.

What plans do you have for the incoming year?

To start, get my grades for either university or for a job; to help organise the formal that is not too far away from now; to help to boost the confidence of the new pupils that have just joined the school and make them feel welcome.

Final Thoughts

Ballyclare Secondary is a school that has a high success rate for all GCSE and A level exams, and I think staff do a brilliant job ensuring that this keeps on happening. The welfare and pastoral system in the school is outstanding as it deals with and helps any students who have problems or difficulties in the school. The numbers of activities that are available in the school is vast and varied and involve everyone so no one is left out.

 

Beth Norwood

Beth Norwood

What was the interview process like and how did you prepare?

I prepared for my interview by writing, in bullet points on revision cards, all of the things which I planned to say – then in the interview I would look at the cards every so often and expand on the point I had written down, along with my PowerPoint presentation. The interview was nerve wracking at first, but as soon as I warmed up and got into my presentation, the nerves left me and I felt calm and at ease speaking in front of the teachers and Mrs Bell.

Why do you think that you were chosen?

I think I was chosen because of my relaxed and calm demeanour; I do well under pressure and do not easily stress out. I also was well prepared in my presentation which probably showed I was reliable and willing to do the job as Head Girl to the best of my ability. My involvement in school life played an important role; I had also evenly distributed my contributions to school from various departments.

What are your roles and responsibilities?

My role as Head Girl is to be an example to my peers and younger pupils, and to represent the school in the best way possible. Also I want to be someone who people feel like they can come to for advice, support.

What plans do you have for the incoming year?

 This year I will continue my Head Girl duties such as speaking at Presentation Evening, being at Remembrance Sunday, attending and organising the school formal and I will be working hard towards my A2 exams next June. Hopefully I will get the grades I need to go to University.

Final Thoughts

I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Ballyclare Secondary School and being Head-Girl will be an experience I will never forget. I have grown so much in my 7 years spent here, with the help of the students and my teachers alike. I will definitely miss it when I leave next year.