The Head Girl Team offer you a warm welcome to TWGGS.
TWGGS is unique because of its resoundingly strong community ethos. From your first day as a Year 7 pupil, you become part of an interconnected school society. With the nourishment from teachers and pastoral support staff, our school provides the environment for every girl to thrive both socially and academically. The key to such community spirit is not just the famous tartan skirt, but also the school productions, sports days, Duke of Edinburgh, field trips and charitable fundraisers which encourage whole school collaboration. As the Head Girl Team, we are delighted to represent this vibrant and caring community.
The underpinning foundation of our success is our deep passion for excellence. Since its foundation in 1905, TWGGS has undergone many changes, but our core motto - ‘give your best’- has never wavered. This not only leads to an exceptional academic record, but endless extra-curricular successes, including music concerts, international debating competitions, sports teams and the UK’s largest all-female cadet contingent. The creative, curious and confident minds of TWGGS girls are not only stimulated in the classroom, but challenged on trips abroad: teaching at the Kyabobo Girls’ School in Ghana, exploring India and Russia, and trekking through the cloud forests of Bolivia.
We are extremely proud to represent our school, collaborating with staff, parents and pupils to make TWGGS the best possible environment for learning. The Head Girl Team aim to maintain the TWGGS ethos for the next generation of TWGGS pupils, with the support of all the school prefects.
Abi, Ellie and Lauryn
Head Girl Team 2019-20
Year 12 students with ambitions to represent TWGGS go through an application process to obtain a Senior Prefect role. Following a written application and a teacher-student vote, 32 girls are allocated a prefect role each year according to their strengths. Around 7-10 girls are selected to interview for the position of Head Girl: 2 girls will then be appointed Deputy Head Girl, and one Head Girl.
The Head Girl Team has the unique role of acting as a bridge between staff members and sixth form pupils. As well as representing the school, the Head Girl Team read notices and passages in assemblies, give speeches on open days, assist the headteacher and leadership team in any way required, and most importantly act as role models to younger pupils. They are assisted by the Senior Officers to achieve the smooth and efficient running of the prefect system.
The School Council Prefects help to run the council, which is made up of girls from all years, and meets monthly to discuss topics of interest to TWGGS girls. This encompasses practical issues, for example recycling and school meals, as well as broader social concerns, such as social media and mental health. We have recently introduced ‘Phone Free Friday’, on which girls are encouraged to participate in clubs and form activities. This year, one of our key aims is to tackle stress and anxiety around the exam season.
Music, art, drama and sport are subject-specific prefect roles available to the most enthusiastic and committed girls to these departments. Their assistance proves invaluable to the functioning of each department; for example, the music prefects help to run school concerts and extra-curricular chamber groups and choirs, while sports prefects help to lead lunchtime clubs, organise school teams and help to run sports day.
Headteacher Linda Wybar
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