The Head Girl Team offers you a warm welcome to TWGGS.
From Year 7 to Sixth Form, TWGGS provides a welcoming and nurturing community that enables girls to thrive both socially and academically. The special community spirit at TWGGS is reinforced by a vast range of extra-curricular activities including clubs and societies, charitable fundraisers, field trips and school performances that encourage girls to grow into the best versions of themselves. The caring network of both teachers and support staff enables pupils to reach their full potential in a safe and encouraging environment. There is also a clear sense of pride and togetherness amongst TWGGS students that creates a happy and friendly atmosphere which is key to pupil fulfilment. As the Head Girl Team, we are delighted to represent this vibrant and caring community.
Our motto, ‘give your best’, is the perfect summary of TWGGS’ attitude to learning, personal development and achievements outside of school. This leads to an exceptional academic record, complemented by endless extra-curricular successes including music concerts, international competitions and the UK’s largest all female cadet contingent. Students have the opportunity to expand their social and cultural understanding by participating in one of the many immersive trips abroad. These span from European exchange trips to France, Spain and Germany, to trips further afield to Ghana, India and a ski trip to Vermont.
We are extremely proud to represent our school, collaborating with staff, parents and pupils to make TWGGS the best possible environment for all. We aim to uphold the TWGGS ethos for the next generation of pupils, as well as tackling important global issues and current affairs. This year we are keen to re-emphasise the importance of pupil participation in all aspects of the TWGGS experience after the lengthy period of home learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognise the impact this may have had on many students’ mental health and we aim to expand the reach of the existing support systems to help overcome these challenges. Additionally, we would like to help pupils understand the huge benefits of getting involved in our local community, creating connections that have been so thoroughly missed over the pandemic.
We cannot wait to support and represent our school.
Freya, Lili and Beth
Head Girl Team 2021-2022
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.
Kate de P
Freya St P
Christabel B N
Headteacher Linda Wybar
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