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Having joined Bolton School at the age of four, it’s difficult to imagine that I will soon be leaving. In my first assembly in Year 7, the Headmistress spoke of the difference between attending a school, and belonging to that school. It is only in the last few years, and even more so with hindsight, that I have truly understood the difference.
Since joining the school, I have tried to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. I've completed my Duke of Edinburgh Awards and travelled to Peru and Tanzania on school trips, alongside representing the school in Athletics and Lacrosse. The vast array of extra curricular activities increased further in the Sixth Form, with a particular emphasis on volunteering within the School community. Whether that was helping with a Year Two art class, reading with Year 6 pupils or directing a Year 9 drama production, there really never has never been a dull moment in the Sixth Form!
Being elected as Head Girl by the staff and my peers was truly humbling, and the past year has been a fantastic way to round off my school career. I’ve been fortunate to lead a brilliant team of prefects, and with the help of my four phenomenal deputies, I can’t help but feel that we have done an exceptionally good job. From acting as ambassadors to the school at a variety of school events to running lunch time clubs for younger pupils, I feel we have been excellent role models to the rest of the school community, and have really enjoyed ourselves along the way. I find it hard to explain just how proud I am of my entire team for all that we have achieved together. A particularly poignant moment came after helping at the Year 7 Induction Day, realising how envious we all were of those just starting their Bolton School journeys. Although they didn't all realise it yet, they will all have an incredible seven years ahead of them!
As I leave Bolton School, I know that I could not have asked for a better start in life. I can again speak for my year group in saying that we are leaving the school as confident, high achieving young women who have been given a vast array of wonderful opportunities. Whether we are off to some of the country’s finest universities, or straight into the world of work, we can all say that the lessons we have learnt during our time at Bolton School stand us in good stead for whatever the next step of our lives may be. Whether we've been here since we were 4,7,11 or 16, the friendships and memories that we have made here will be hard to leave behind. I feel hugely indebted to my teachers for the support that they have given me in helping me to achieve my goals. It is thanks to them, and indeed to the entire Bolton School community, that I now understand what it means to belong. As sad as I am to leave, I’m reassured by the phrase “Once a Bolton School girl, always a Bolton School girl”, and I hope that my connection with Bolton School will continue for a long time to come.
Click here to read further reflections from former Head Girl Katie Lloyd (2011-2012).