New Head Boy and Head Girl appointed at Saint John Houghton CVA

Published on: Monday, 10th June 2019

Two Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy students are celebrating after being appointed Head Boy and Head Girl.

Every prefect was invited to apply for the prestigious roles and Year 10 students Harrison Powell and Sienna Grant, both 15, were successful.

Prefects were asked to write a letter to senior members of staff stating their qualities, why they would be suitable for the role and set out any ideas for improvements to the academy.

A shortlist was then drawn up by senior staff members and students ran a publicity campaign, making posters and badges to encourage their fellow students to vote for them.

They also had to deliver a speech to the whole school before students and staff were asked to vote.

Harrison and Sienna were told they had been successful by head teacher Joan McCarthy and they were presented on stage to their fellow students and teachers.

Sienna said she was shocked but pleased to have been named Head Girl.  She said: “I was quite surprised as the competition was so good but I was really pleased.  When it was announced to the school everyone clapped and cheered and we were allowed to call home to tell our parents and they were really pleased too. We’ve got ideas for changes we’d like to see but we’re not planning anything unrealistic.  I think being Head Girl will lead to me becoming more confident and it will also help me to work on my communication skills.”

Harrison said he was looking forward to the challenge of being Head Boy.  He said: “I was really pleased to be offered the chance to be Head Boy and after we were given the news it felt like all the stress was over and then it started to sink in. I’m really keen on giving other students the chance for their voices to be heard.

I’ve heard lots of ideas including bringing the pasta bar back at lunchtime and seeing if we can get lockers for KS4 students.  We meet with the Student Council and they feed back ideas from their form groups and we see if we can take them forward.  I think it’s really important that students are represented, particularly the younger ones because they are the future of our school.”

Mrs McCarthy said she was extremely proud of both students.  She said: “We would like to thank all of the students who applied to be Head Boy and Head Girl and I was particularly impressed by the campaigns that they ran.  Harrison and Sienna are great ambassadors for our wonderful school and I know they are looking forward to representing their peers and making a difference.”

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