Introducing our Head Boy and Girl
We are proud to introduce Montsaye Academy’s Head Boy and Girl for 2019-2020, Jack and Katy. We caught up with Jack and Katy to find out how Year 12 went for them, and what their plans are for the year ahead…
What would you say was your highlight of year 12?
Jack: From a personal progression point of view, the highlight of my year would be talking in front of different crowds of people in assemblies and at Open Evenings. It helped to build my confidence in all aspects of life. From a ‘fun’ perspective, the highlight of year 12 was the biology trip to Yorkshire. I had a lovely time with friends in a place that was full of culture and was teaming with the amazingly unique nature.
Katy: My highlight for year 12 was gaining the role of Deputy Head Girl. Being told I’d got the job gave me a massive confidence boost which I needed. Knowing that I was now in a position to make a difference at school made me feel really proud of what I had achieved.
What are you hoping to achieve in Year 13?
Jack: Seeing as I have friends in year 12, I hope to help them with their journey through the most academically challenging years of their school life. I also wish to gather as many memories as possible with the people I have grown up with, as this will be the last year we all spend together.
Katy: In year 13 as Head Girl, I want to help the new year 12 students settle in as well as they possibly can! I also want to help find the new Deputy Head Boy and Girl, so they can carry on with our hard work after we have left.
What are you personally looking forward to this year?
Katy: Aside from gearing up towards university applications, I’m really looking forward to travelling to Africa in July as part of the World Challenge programme. I just think it’s the perfect ending to seven years at Montsaye, and it will allow me to get a taste of what the rest of the world has to offer.
Jack: Yes, along with Katy and other students, I will be embarking on a journey to Swaziland at the end of the year; this is really exciting for me as making a difference is something I’ve always wanted to achieve. Other than that, I’m looking forward to more opportunities to further my knowledge in the subjects I’m studying, in order to get the grades that I know I deserve!
What advice would you give to this year’s new Sixth Form students?
Jack: I would say the most important thing you can do is to take every single opportunity that is presented to you. I didn't know what to expect from becoming Head Boy, but I went for it anyway and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.
Katy: My number one tip would be organisation. It may sound simple, but being organised is the best thing any Sixth Form student can do! Once you do have a system that suits you, it really helps everything else fall into place and makes A Levels easier.
Is there anything about Sixth Form life that you would do differently if you had the chance again?
Jack: Throughout the first half of year 12, I was a bit scared to see my teachers one-on-one for help. Looking back, I’ve now realised how stupid that was! Your teachers are there to help you and they never turn you away; so if I could go back to that time I would ask for help more.
Katy: I don’t think there is anything I would do differently, I’m very happy with how the first year has gone for me and I hope this carries on into the next. As long as I work hard and keep pushing myself I know I’ll achieve this.
What are your plans for the future?
Jack: If I was to say the most important thing year 12 did for me, it was that it made me realise what I did and didn’t want to be doing for the rest of my life, or at least the next few years. I now know that I have a real passion for numbers. In short, I plan to go to university to study maths. The dream would be to study mathematical finances and maybe go into something like accounting. It might sound boring to some people, but not to me. I feel like that is where my future lies.
Katy: After Montsaye I would love to attend university to study a policing degree. I love to help people which is one of the reasons why I applied for Head Girl, and I want to do this in my career. It seems so far away and is a little daunting because I’ve spent nearly half my life at this school. It’s hard to imagine being somewhere else, but I really look forward to it and I’m ready for all opportunities and challenges thrown my way.