On Friday 7th June, Deputy Head Girls Erica and Davina and I headed to Sherborne Girls with Miss Aherne for the Girls' Schools Association (GSA) Head Girls Conference. The purpose of the day was to help us with the decisions and skills needed in leadership roles, and also to allow us to meet others in a similar position.
As you might expect, the day started slightly awkwardly as none of us knew each other, but by the end I felt that I’d made lots of new friends, and it certainly helped me to get to grips with a role that can feel daunting at times.
We had speakers throughout the day, all of whom shared something of the determination and grit that is required to succeed, not just in school but also going on into later life. I personally really enjoyed a talk on ‘How ‘gritty’ are you?’ which taught us about passion and perseverance when it comes to achieving goals. Workshops included ‘Making a positive and dynamic impression,’ by a company that has actually visited St Mary’s too, learning the importance of body language and first impressions. However, I speak for all of us when I say that perhaps the most enjoyable parts of the jam-packed day were when we got to chat to girls from other schools during lunch and other team-building activities, just about our own experiences and roles, and it was nice to meet new people in a different environment, and from schools that we don’t necessarily come across often. Overall this was definitely a rewarding and fun day trip to Sherborne, and taught us some very valuable skills that we will try to bring to our roles.
Georgia, Head Girl (2019-2020)