Spotlight on Senior Prefects: Introducing Lizzie J and Sophie A, Your Deputy Head Girls
Friday 22 September 2023
Interview with Lizzie J and Sophie A, Deputy Head Girls
AS TOLD TO SIENNA M AND SCARLETT E (YEAR 13)
What do you intend to do this academic year?
As much as I can! I’d like to make the end of every term come to a close with something exciting; having one larger event at the end of the term would be a great thing to make sure a busy term has something for everyone to look forward to. I really want to increase the communication between the prefect team and the wider student body to make sure that everyone’s ideas and concerns are being heard so that we can act on them.
This year I want to make the most of my last year at Queenswood. I want to have fun and make the most of the opportunities that Queenswood offers while also focusing on my A-Levels to achieve my grades for my next step to university. I want to help implement new and unique ideas with the perfect team and make my last year the best one yet.
What advice would you give to people who have just started at Q?
Try everything. Join as many clubs as possible and in a range of faculties, the sports clubs are especially fun! If you’re in the younger years make sure that you have a balance between socialising, working and sleeping. They’re all really important to succeeding in the things you want to pursue and in making sure that you lead a healthy lifestyle. And sleep makes everything easier so get those 8 hours.
My advice would be to step out of your comfort zone and try out as many new things as possible. This could be going to a new club after school where you can learn a new skill or make new friends. Additionally commitment is one of the most important character values which Queenswood particularly appreciates, so once you have found something you're passionate about, commit to it and give it your all.
What made you want to put yourself forward for your role as Deputy Head Girl?
I wanted to give back to a school that has supported me through everything I’ve done and every difficult decision that I’ve made. I also really wanted to take on a caring role in the school and thought that this was one of the best ways to do it.
I put myself forward because I wanted to be able to help everyone at Queenswood to have the best experience possible. I wanted to be the anchor between pupils and staff so that every opinion can be heard and we can make the school an even better environment to be living and learning in.
Who are some of your role models?
My mum. I know it's cheesy but it’s true – as someone who didn’t have the support of such a great, great school as I’ve had, she worked so, so hard to make it to where she is today and to provide me with the great opportunity to be educated here. Her drive, vigilance and determination is a constant inspiration to me.
My role model is Gloria Steinem. She is an American journalist and was the leader in the 60s & 70s women’s rights movement. Steinem focuses on issues of sex equality, race equality, and child abuse as roots of violence.