Head Girl’s speech November 2015

Good morning!

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.

Head Girl’s Speech 2013

The following speech was given by our Head Girl at our school’s open day in September 2013.

Hello and welcome to The Christian School open day. My name is Lara Hooke and I am in year 11.
I joined this school in the juniors in year four. I changed school because we – my family and I – felt as though the other school didn’t understand me at all. I found it hard to interact with the teachers and it felt as though they didn’t accept me for who I was.

From the day I started at this school, a change I noticed immediately was the way that the teachers treated me. They made me feel special. They made me feel part of the school. They put so much effort into finding ways for me to be successful.

The one to one teaching opportunities that come with smaller classes help every pupil to achieve the best that they can, and the teachers are all very special and committed people as well.

And because of this school I know that I have changed and grown. When I first came to this school, I didn’t have any self-confidence. I never dreamed that I would be standing here representing the school as head girl. And all those years ago I was so painfully shy that I don’t think I would have wanted to.

Because I have a personal relationship with the teachers and pupils, even those in a different year to me, the school feels like one big family where everyone knows and respects each other. I have become good friends with pupils of all ages and even started up an origami club that I run for the years 5,6 and 7.

Pupils have fantastic opportunities to go on exciting trips to places like Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare’s globe theatre and museums, and sometimes the senior pupils even go further like to Spain and France.

Towards the end of the year the years 6 to 10 go away for a week. For the last two years they have stayed on a boat in Chichester with the Christian Youth Enterprise. When I was in year 10 I was reluctant to go because I had not been away from home for so long, but with encouragement from all the teachers – they are always very encouraging and positive – I ended up going and had an amazing time, while learning new activities, and building great relationships with the teachers, pupils and parents that went.

I would have loved to go this year as well but it was work experience time. We are very lucky at TCST and are helped in finding places that support what we want to do for careers where possible. I was very fortunate that the school found a work experience place in a primary school for me – I want to be a teacher when I leave university, and that was a wonderful experience too.

Over the last almost 8 years, I have had so much more fun than I thought I could have at school, learned so many things I don’t think I could have learned in any other environment (like compassion – what compassion feels like, and how to be compassionate),  and made friends among the pupils and teachers who I will remember with love forever. And if I could, I would do it all again tomorrow!

Thank you I hope you have enjoyed coming to the open day and hope to see you again.