Head Boy and Head Girl Message
Joining a year group with over 300 people seems daunting at first and when I was in year seven one of my biggest fears was going into such a huge school with so many people, but I can tell all of you that I didn’t need to worry, and neither do you.
Within my first few weeks I’d already made friends and had settled into my classes. I had met people through my tutor group and my classes like everyone else but I also joined the student council and sports clubs like netball and hockey where I met even more people, most of which I’m still close friends with now. This is a great way to make friends because Northfield offers a wide variety of clubs. You also don’t need to worry because everyone is in exactly the same boat as you, so even if you’re shy and quiet, you will make friends. Northfield also has an amazing anti-bullying programme called ‘peer supporters’ where students get training to help other students with any problems they may have. This gave me and my parents confidence because we knew that there was always going to be someone I could turn to and talk to if I needed help.
With such a huge year group, it seems impossible to get to know everyone, but you’d be surprised at how quickly you learn everyone’s names. The school runs many trips, in the UK and abroad, which allows you to learn and have fun with people in other year groups too. For example, in year 9 I went skiing with the school where we spent a week in the alps skiing every day. This was an amazing experience and I’d recommend it to anyone, sporty or not. Not only did we get to meet people we’d never spoken to before, but we also learnt vital skills such as being independent, vigilant and responsible. Last year I also took part in the Dutch exchange where myself and around twenty other students had Dutch students living with us and we went to live with them. We got to experience Dutch culture and make friendships that will last a lifetime.
Northfield may seem daunting and scary and huge now, but the students and staff make it incredibly easy to make friends and make you feel as comfortable as possible in your five years at the school. From academic clubs to sports clubs to trips all over the world, there’s something here for everyone.
Hi I’m Max‘Head Boy’ here at Northfield school. When I first joined Northfield School, it was quite intimidating due to how vast the difference is between schools. From being a big fish in a small school to being a small fish in a big school can be quite daunting.
When I joined I was made aware of the various clubs that were available and I joined the football team. Taking these opportunities is the best way to make friends, ensuring that you have the best time you can at school.
In year 8 I also embraced the ski trip to the French Alps and this was an unbelievable week that I will remember for the rest of my life. Skiing every day with your mates and having dinner altogether, it was great. This, again, was a great way of making friends and meeting new people.
Northfield offers a wide range of trips, in year 9 many students went to Porto to play football and watch a match and there was also the Dutch Exchange which I was fortunate enough to take part in.
All of these trips and opportunities are great ways of building vital skills which are essential in life. I have also competed in running events across the country which was another good way of making friends.
Recently, I was privileged enough to go on a life-enhancing three-week expedition to Iceland, which was an unbelievable experience. I was selected along with two other students based on my time altogether here at Northfield, from year 7 right the way through to year 10 and it was the best opportunity I have ever had.
Northfield have many prestigious awards. They have the princess Diana award which is an award that recognises extraordinary differences to the community, many sporting awards that complement the ‘beyond average’ academic ones and the school is great for offering leadership courses to the students.
I have been a part of the ‘Learn to Lead’ programme whilst at Northfield and this has equipped me with leadership skills which I know for a fact will be crucial when applying for interviews and in general honestly.
The school is a safe place for students and if you ever worry about anything, there are various people within school that you can talk to confidentially.
I’m proud to be Head Boy of Northfield and it’s an honour to represent the school. All of the opportunities that I have embraced and welcomed here at Northfield have made me the person I am today and it is the very best school for a great start in life.