Senior Student Team 2012 - 2013
E Munnelly (Deputy Head Girl), E Asare Parbi (Head Girl), Mr Day (Headteacher), S Watkins (Head Boy), F Nickolds (Deputy Head Boy)
E Asare Parbi, Head Girl
Hi, I'm Eliza. I would like to think most poeple would describe me as friendly, optomistic and outgoing. I really like to get involved with the 'goings on' in the school, such as sports activities and variety shows, and I enjoy anything music-esque! I went to Kings Hedges Primary School and my favourite subject right now is a tie between History and English. In the future, I think I want to do law or a profession in The Arts.
St Bede's is a very homely sort of school. It has a great sense of community, a sense of working together to achieve the best, and helping each individual reach their potential. I would recommend it to other students because it is very welcoming but works hard to push students to achieve.
St Bede's is very distinctive because students come from such a wide variety of areas. This allows you to meet lots of different people with lots of interesting and new backgrounds. A typical day for me is getting on my bus at 8:30am (usually running, I might add), going to my form room / locker / Reception... and then going to lessons. During break and lunch time, I hang out with my friends, go outside and chillax. Then, at the end of the day, I hop onto my bus, the wind flowing in my hair, and head home!
There are lots of opportunities for everyone at St Bede's; concerts, plays, debating competitions, sports activities, school trips and so much more. Put simply, the teaching is great. There's a good mix of fun things such as videos and group work, but also writing and evaluating, so lessons are balanced. Staff and students have a very close-knit relationship and I think being a faith school compliments this as it just makes it so much easier to be yourself around others.
This year I hope to serve as a voice to students - not only someone they can talk to and approach about day-to-day life, but also someone who will listen to their ideas on how to improve the school, and I will try my best to pass these ideas on to staff. I cannot promise that miraculous changes will happen; St Bede's is a great school already, but I can promise to try my best for the students!
S Watkins, Head Boy
I'm Stephen and I went to St Mary's Primary in Royston. My favourite subjects are Music and English. I really enjoy public speaking and performing music. I've entered a few public speaking contests, and I'm currently working towards my Grade 7 Piano. Because of this, ideally I'd like to go into a musical career, but that may be a little unrealistic! I have other interests, like psychology and physics, but I haven't thought in great detail about what I want to do for a job later in life.
St Bede's is a very varied and accepting school. It is an inter-church school and is very helpful in supporting people with their problems. It has excellent Special Needs facilities and teachers, and allows everybody achieve their potential without pushing people to the point that they are uncomfortable. I'm proud to be a student of St Bede's as I think it's a great example of a Christian school; following its ethos, and helping every one of its students, despite their variety.
On an average day, I have to get up very early (I live quite far away and have a logn bus jouney), about 6:30am is normal. Luckily, I am very near the bus stop, so I don't have to go on any car journeys or cycle like some of my friends! After I arrive, I might go to the Resource Centre to print off some work for the day, or just go straight to my form. During lunch, I'll often just eat and talk with my friends, but I'm also part of some music groups that practice then. Even when I go to practice, it's fun, and isn't just like another lesson! By the time I'm back home, I'm often tired, but I know my efforts haven't been wasted.
St Bede's give people a huge variety of opportunities; plays, competitions, inter-school events, sporting tournaments (maybe not so appealing to me personally!), school trips, extra-curricular activities, groups and more. The students will always have a group that will suit them if they want to join, so no one is left out. The school holds regular Christian services, and has a very active religious community, without alienating people of other faiths. The school also has a Student Senate, where students get a say in what happens in St Bede's.
As Head Boy, I want to both improve the communication between the students and teachers, and create new ways for students to get their ideas accross. I knwo these are big aims, but we've already made some progress. I want students to be able to approach us and ask for things they think need to happen, so the teachers and Senior staff get a realistic view of what the students want. Even without these changes, I think St Bede's is an excellent school and I'm proud to be voted a Senior Student.