Welcome to The Christian School (Takeley). I am Nadia, the Head Girl and I would like to talk to you about my experience in this unique school.
My time here has been amazing. The experiences that I have had are second to none. The school has provided me with so many opportunities; which I will share with you today.
I actually looked round on one of these Open Days and two of my peers now showed me round; never would I have dreamed that I would be standing up here right now, in front of you as Head Girl.
I was home educated right up until Year Seven, when I came here.
I remember being really nervous because the only thing I knew about school was what I had been told by a friend – who I still know today. I was really nervous as I thought “are they going to judge me if I don’t look a certain way or if I’m not cool”? I had those butterflies going round in my stomach.
When I walked in, all I remember was the sense of pure acceptance. How people actually cared about me. I knew from that moment I had to go to this school and this was furthermore cemented when I had a trial day. Then the excitement came – my first paid of school shoes, my first everything!
Now, what do you get when you come to this school?
You get small class sizes where you get individual attention and don’t feel scared to put your hand up. They care about you as a whole person not just making sure you fit a mould. There is no mould to fit; well there is but there are currently 57 different moulds – one for each student. Everyone is treated as an individual.
You go from one family at home to another at school. We look after the little ones so the family feel and warmth is amazing. You’re not forced to be a certain way or do a certain thing, you make friends for life. I have made friends that I will never forget and the experiences that I have had have just been incredible.
And by the end, when I have left this school, I know that I will be ready. They will have prepared me and I will have come out with the best grades that I can. Not the best grades anyone else in my class can but the ones I can get. I will be ready to venture into the big wide world and whatever happens I know I will always have a home here and be welcome here.
Finally, I just wanted to quote a parent of a fellow pupil who said this to me – “they just encourage you to spread your wings and fly” and that is exactly what all of us Year 11s will be doing at the end of this year. It is “a school like no other”.
Thank you very much. I know that you will be very happy here.