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Student Leadership

 

2022-23 Head Girl, Oluwaseyi Olomolaiye

 

My journey at SGGS began in 2016 as a Year Seven, since then I have grown all the way into Sixth Form where I study Drama, Politics and RS - all of which I truly love. Thanks to the help of my specialist teachers, and my peers, who also share a passion for these subjects, I am able to learn in classrooms that foster growth, acquiring knowledge and healthy debate on different topics.

 Championing students' voice is something that I have cared about deeply during my time at SGGS. From House Council to the Change Committee, taking part in the community, advocating for equality and prompting student well-being have always been some of my passions. My previous student leadership roles in the School have allowed me to develop my ability to empathise with peers, interact with the student leadership team and persuasively communicate my ideas.

Now that I have been appointed to the role of Head Girl, I am very honoured to continue the great work of my predecessors by successfully representing the students' voice, and to ensure that all students continue to have a sense of belonging. My team, Ella, Shivani, the House Captains, the Sixth Form Student Leadership and Subject Ambassadors are eagerly looking forward to working alongside both the staff and the student body to provide and develop where possible the best experience possible for all at Stratford Girls' Grammar School.

2021- 22 Head Girl, Juliet Donajgrodzki

 

My time as Head Girl has been so rewarding! From feeding back to governors to being able to represent the school has been an honour. The highlight has been meeting so much of the student body- everyone has been friendly, insightful, and intelligent. I’m so proud to have belonged to such an amazing group of young people over the last seven years. More than anything it has reaffirmed to me what an amazing school this is. SGGS has been an integral part of me growing up. While the imminent challenge of A Levels and then hopefully university seems daunting, Stratford Girls’ has equipped me well with life-long friends and the resilience I’ll need to face them. My advice to Seyi for the new term is to trust yourself- you’ve been chosen for a reason, and we all know you’re going to do an amazing job. In Seyi, Shivani and Ella are a Head Girl team of which SGGS can be proud.

 

Head Girl Team

Made up of the Head Girl and two Deputy Head Girls, applications for these roles are invited from Year 12 students.  Open to those who have just joined SGGS Sixth Form as well as those who have been here since Year 7, it is very much a level playing field when it comes to the election of this high profile team.

The Head Girl Team lead the sixth form and the school.  Elected by all members of the school community, they are called upon to represent us in a range of environments from Governors' Meetings to meetings at the Town Council and they speak with conviction and authority.  Their remit includes:

  • Providing leadership to the school by supporting operational matters, ie assemblies, duties
  • Task Force groups on particular issues that arise from operational or strategic areas of the school
  • Supporting HOSF in internal communications and events to support transition to Sixth Form for all Year Groups
  • To coordinate the works of the Subject Ambassadors

2021-22 Head Girl Team:

  • Head Girl: Oluwaseyi Olomolaiye
  • Deputy Head Girl:  Ella Roberts
  • Deputy Head Girl:  Shivani Dave

2021 Head Girl Team: Juliet Donajgrodzki, Ananya Ryali, Jasmine Simon

2020 Head Girl Team:  Charlotte Curd, Hanna Vine, Ayanna Pahil
2019 Head Girl Team:  Bella Earle, Elizabeth Tiskina, Hermione Hill
2018 Head Girl Team:  Amynta Arshad, Katie Crowfoot, Isabel Scanlon
2017 Head Girl Team:  Sarah Lusty, Sofia Giles, Tamara Majevadia
2016 Head Girl Team:  Ellie Meeres, Issy Hardy, Himani Jayasinghe

2015:  Head Girl Team:  Alice Harvey, Nancy Hall, Dale Sewell

house captains

Applications for House Captains are invited from Year 12 students.  They represent the student voice and their areas of focus and responsibility include:

  • Providing leadership to the school by supporting operational matters, ie assemblies, duties
  • Gathering student feedback
  • Organisation of House Council system
  • Consultation on which charities for 2021-22
  • Creating & delivering a programme of fund-raising activities
  • Supporting students’ understanding through assemblies, resources
  • Promoting charities around school
  • Supporting students’ understanding through assemblies, resources

2022-23 House Captains:

  • Cygnus:  Elle Pearson and Shania Sharma
  • Orion:  Ellie Coggins and Emma Bowden-Williams
  • Phoenix:  Elise Saffet-Cole and Juwairiyah Mughal
  • Ursa:  Mia Featherstone and Freya Leadbetter

2021-22 House Captains:

  • Cygnus:  Poppy Homer and Cora Williams
  • Orion:  Verity Beale and Angelie Marwaha
  • Phoenix:  Lara Foxon and Sandy Isaac
  • Ursa:  Amara Pahil and Millie Wright

So what does it mean to be a House Captain?  Below, we hear from the previous House Captains, who have reached the end of their tenure.

Becoming a House Captain is a fantastic way for students to become more involved in the everyday workings of Stratford Girls’ Grammar School as well as adding an extra layer of enrichment to the Sixth Form experience. During their time as House Captain, students form a close bond with fellow Captains and the rest of the Senior Leadership Team. This experience also provides a way to remain connected to lower key stages and wider aspects of school life.

As a role model to younger students, SGGS House Captains are expected to give advice and support to others. This will be drawn from their own experience of secondary school including passing on the guidance they would have once received. These roles are aspirational and seen as something to strive for, building great foundations for future leadership opportunities and representing an impressive achievement to include on personal statements and CVs.

When I arrived in Year 7, I remember being welcomed into Cygnus with open arms and forming strong bonds with my fellow Cygnets. The vertical tutoring system gave me older role models, who became involved with student leadership or became House Captains themselves. When I got to Year 12, I wanted to ensure that other students could benefit from the House System as much as I had.

“Ultimately, a good House Captain is enthusiastic, capable of working with others and willing to put in the time and effort to represent their House as best they can. Most importantly, I have learned so much about working in a team. I am not afraid to reach out to others for help and I have recognised the benefits of more collaborative discussions. It is inspiring how integral everyone became in the success of our different projects and ideas. I'll definitely take this with me into later life.”

Imogen Barnes, Cygnus

 

“As someone who joined SGGS later, in Year 8, the House system was a huge support for me.  From making long-lasting friendship to enjoying House events, Cygnus provided me with irreplaceable memories.  As part of the Head Girl team, I have now been able to help younger students make similar memories, which is so rewarding.

“I have always enjoyed House events and the idea of being able to plan and prepare these really intrigued me. I couldn’t wait to apply my existing skills and learn new ones in such a supportive environment. The more energy you put into a project the better the outcome. This sounds simple but if other students see your love and passion, it will quickly pass along.”

Imogen Sherlock, Cygnus

 

“When I first joined SGGS, it was clear how strong the House system was. This stuck with me throughout my time here and when it came to apply, I knew I wanted to represent the students in Orion. A House Captain needs to be organised and imaginative. You will step outside of your comfort zone, whether that’s conducting assemblies in front of the school or dancing on the centre lawn during House Festival!

I’m proud of my House because everyone works incredibly well as a team, regardless of which year group we’re all in. There’s always so much going on; whether that’s organising House Council, appointing Prefects or launching a new inter-House competition. This has been a really rewarding experience and meeting new people along the way is a definite highlight."

Kirsty Duncan, Orion

 

“I saw becoming a House Captain as an opportunity to express my thanks to my school. Seeing the previous years doing an excellent job, I also thought it was a great way to be a part of something bigger. I was part of a good team, which is crucial as you are always working together.

“I am definitely proud of Orion and its enthusiasm, especially during lockdown months. It was great to see such amazing effort from all years in activities like House Bingo and the exercise challenges that took place. I am also proud of learning skills to manage a big event with high expectations from the whole school!”

Eleanor Stephenson, Orion

 

“I have always enjoyed participating in the House events that the previous House Captains have put on. I was a member of the House Council for the majority of my time at SGGS and saw first-hand how this gave students in the lower years a chance to have their voices heard.

“A good House captain should also be willing to take part in all kinds of different activities and be confident whilst doing this. I am proud of Phoenix, as we are a new House but are still able to work together effectively to win competitions and always showcase our resilience.  I have learnt how to use my time effectively and will take these valuable skills with me post-Sixth Form.”

Millie Johnson, Phoenix

 

“I wanted to give something back to the school as I have always admired the student leadership team throughout my time at SGGS. I also wanted to apply and gain an experience of an application and interview process as this will be useful for the future.

“Being reliable as well as being pro-active is very important. I admire the enthusiasm that the students in Phoenix have and their willingness to get involved in everything from the Winter House Festival to the House Competitions throughout the school year. Personally, I have become more resilient and determined. Being a House Captain has taught me how to take ideas and develop them into a reality, despite any setbacks faced.”

Emma Thornell, Phoenix

 

“I wanted to be a House Captain as I had always lacked confidence previously and I wanted to prove to myself that I was capable of more than I thought. The experience has certainly helped me in that respect! It's nerve racking organising events like House Festival; hoping that your ideas work and trying to ensure everyone enjoys themselves. It takes a lot of guts putting your creativity on the line like that, but every single time we've done so, we’ve succeeded.

I'm definitely surer of my own ideas now, and in future I know I'll be much more confident in sharing them, no matter how bold I might think they are. Projects that students have enjoyed most have been ‘out of the box' ideas, like Mystery in the Manor, which was a personal favourite of mine! It means so much to see others taking part and having fun building House spirit, and it makes all the effort and planning worth it."

Holly Hughes, Ursa

 

 

Year 12/13 student leaders

 

Our Student Leadership team works alongside our Head of Sixth Form, Head Girl team and Student Ambassadors to help drive innovation and facilitate positive change to the student experience in both our Main School and Sixth Form. These responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership to the school by supporting operational matters, ie assemblies, duties 
  • Task Force groups on particular issues that arise from operational or strategic areas of the school 
  • Supporting HOSF in internal communications and events to support transition to Sixth Form for all Year Groups
  • To coordinate the works of the Subject Ambassadors 

 

2022-23 Students Leaders

  • Lindsey Gravestock
  • Iona Wood
  • Ria Koshi
  • Saheba Chabra
  • Lilia Monk
  • Hannah Lawton
  • Rosie Johnson
  • Josie Simpson
  • Kira Khangera
  • Amneek Kailey
  • Elodie Turner-Hurd
  • Mia Beastall
  • Beth Crone
  • Esther Malayampuram
  • Katie Bauer