From the Head Girl & Head Boy

Head Girl Holly Thomas

It only feels like yesterday I started at Perins in Year 7; the time has flown by and I have made lifelong friendships, created memories to cherish forever and been given the opportunity to discover who I want to be.

Each subject area of the school has inspirational and supportive staff working to help you achieve the best results possible. In Years 7 and 8 you have the opportunity to study a wide variety of subjects before choosing your options at the end of Year 8. The laptop scheme is so important in benefiting our education, they allow students to stay in contact with their teachers at all times and have proved invaluable during the very unusual year 2020 has been.

Perins hosts a wealth of extracurricular clubs and activities for its students. Whether you are into sports, the arts or are more academic there will be something you will enjoy. Each club is run by enthusiastic staff who selflessly donate their time and effort to support and provide each and every student with amazing opportunities. The school puts on outstanding musical theatre performances which surpass all expectations of a secondary school, always managing to top the last performance. In Year 10 students can take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. As part of this I volunteered as a sports leader coaching local primary school children which I found to be a very rewarding experience.

A highlight for me has been the school trips. Perins provides countless school trip opportunities ranging from trips to South Africa, Paris, The Battlefields and Iceland to local residential trips such as Calshot Activity Centre. There is also a regular ski trip. Alongside the residential trips there are also opportunities to experience day trips, such as theatre visits, museums and field work.

The opportunity to be head girl this year enables me to give something back to the school after Perins has given me so much. I will always be grateful to Perins for laying a strong foundation to build my future upon and I can’t thank both the staff and the students enough for helping me develop myself both inside and outside of school as well as building my confidence, independence and ambition. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute, even the bus journey at the beginning and end of each day!

Head Boy Finlay Newman

Throughout my time at Perins, I have developed academically and socially as a result of the environment and ethos of the school.

One of my favourite things about Perins is the excellent variety and quality of extra-curricular activities. Being part of the drama club was a highlight of my school life. Every year, we wrote and performed our own comedies to compete in the Arts Festival. I have also been very involved in several of the school theatre productions; the professionalism and dedication from student and teacher alike are outstanding. From these productions, I have gained confidence and made some of my closest friends and memories, which I will cherish.

Another aspect of Perins that stands out to me is the incredible sports department. I am dedicated to sports and have thrived at Perins, having been a member of the football, hockey and athletics teams. The PE teachers consistently encourage us to try our best and regularly organise sporting fixtures, taking from their valuable personal time to benefit the students. I think that the extra-curricular activities on offer at Perins have been very beneficial in teaching me key values such as teamwork and communication.

In addition to the phenomenal sports, music and drama of Perins, I am very fond of the Gifted and Talented scheme, which I am proud to be a part of. This programme helped push my ambitions by taking us on a trip to Oxford University. Also, I got chosen for a regional Chemistry competition which expanded my subject knowledge and challenged our team through demanding tasks. I think that this programme inspires students to aim high and achieve more.

Furthermore, Perins provides the opportunity to go on multiple school trips, which are brilliant experiences to consolidate what you learn in the classroom. For example, going on the Paris trip enhanced my love for French and History as I learnt more about French culture and marvelled at the intricate architecture, and delved into the history of a beautiful city.

I feel honoured to be awarded the role of head boy, and want to give back to the school. I intend to represent the student body’s voices to further improve the school and wish to act as a role model for younger students. I will always be thankful for the amazing opportunities, experiences, and friends made from my time at Perins.