I’ve always been involved in quite a lot around the School, but this is the first year that all my lunchtimes are actually full… It’s important to recognise that I’m not doing all this because I’m anything special – I simply put myself forward. There are opportunities out there for anyone who wants to be involved within the School.
Waking up at 7am each morning, I am lucky enough to get a daily shuttle ride direct to the School thanks to my dad!
I arrive earlier than most of my friends. One morning I fill this time by sitting on the student council to which I was recently elected by members of my year group, and on Thursdays I go for an early morning swim (a personal decision I question practically every time I do it). Otherwise I’ll usually take myself to the atrium, the social hub of the student body, and either get on with some work or kill time on my phone, watching the room gradually fill up as the clock slowly approaches 8.30am.
We then have our morning encounter with our tutor group. This is either a brief sign-in before heading off to an assembly or a full half an hour interaction with your fellow tutees. The tutor group really is one of the most important and impressive features about the School in my opinion. The ability to pick up or pass on knowledge and experience from fellow students is invaluable and, what’s more, I’ve been able to make some good friends in other years thanks to the community mentality the tutor group system instils. Last summer I took a sketch show to the Edinburgh Fringe with some friends from the year above: speaking to people from other schools, to them this would be unheard of.
There are eight lesson periods throughout the school day and irregularly for an eighth former, I fill most of those as a result of taking four AS subjects and an Extended Project. The Eighth Form classes are much smaller than in the junior school and the teaching atmosphere is much more adult. Being around intelligent kids means I’m privileged enough to work in a relaxed, yet productive manner. This is something I feel many people at St Paul’s would take for granted.
Since I joined, I’ve always been involved in quite a lot around the School, but this is the first year that all my lunchtimes are actually full. I’m not complaining, I like to be occupied and with purpose, and St Paul’s is pretty exemplar when it comes to representing different interests. I run the School’s modern languages society, I’m on the committee of ImpSoc, the School’s improvisation comedy society (something very few other places offer and something I personally am very proud of), this year I’ve taken over the role of Editor-in-Chief for Black & White, the School’s student-run magazine, I was a cast member of both of the School’s two main productions in our new theatre last year, and I regularly represent the School at water polo. It’s important to recognise that I’m not doing all this because I’m anything special – I simply put myself forward. There are opportunities out there for anyone who wants to be involved within the School.
When the day ends at 4.15pm, I come home in the car with my dad and I split my evening between any work I have to finish and personal leisure time. I make a habit of trying not to get to sleep too late because otherwise you do feel the impact the next morning. Once my work’s out of the way, in a perhaps 1970s fashion, I watch the TV with my family before retreating to my room and preparing for the next day.
Upper Eighth Pupil