News & Events

One column layout

Head Boy's Blog 23rd May 2017

    23 May 2017

This week marks my final week as Head Boy here at Sherfield. It has been an amazing journey getting to this point, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my Sherfield experience. Since Year 6, it has been a steady climb of joy for me.

I wanted to use this last Blog to talk about the past year. Coming back to school in September was a strange experience. I had some great friends in the year above, and so it felt wrong to not greet them on that first morning back. I was also apprehensive about the year to come, with exams looming in the distance like a storm cloud. The biggest challenge I faced in the first half term was applying to university. In many ways I am not a model student, and being prepared for uni application was one of these. Many of my friends had prepared personal statements over the summer, and although I had tried, inspiration was not coming to me. I was under even more pressure as the Oxford deadline crept closer and closer, which probably stifled my creativity even more. Fortunately, with only a few weeks to spare, I did have inspiration, and my application managed to go off in time. I'd chosen Biology because it balanced all of the things I liked in life: it was a science, it gave me the opportunity to work outdoors, it would let me help people as a job and it was an up and coming field. I also fell in love with the way life works, and how superbly adapted organisms could be.

It was a pleasant surprise to get my interview at Oxford; students in years past who had been far smarter than me hadn't managed to get one. Meeting the professors was as exciting as it was terrifying, and I learnt a lot from discussions with both the tutors and fellow interviewees. The bigger shock came when I actually managed to get in. Two lunchtimes in a row I had gone home to wait for the letter, and my teachers could tell I was very nervous. Nerves turned into joy, however, and my offer gave me the motivation needed to press on through exam prep.

Of course, it wouldn't be right to talk about the past year and not mention the International Evening. Planning and running the event alongside Shaan, Rana and Mrs Royyuru was one of the most difficult experiences I've had, but was also one of the most rewarding. I got to meet so many new people, learnt about other cultures and was proud to serve up a classic British pork pie at the meal. The evening was a great success, and I hope that in years to come it can be repeated and built upon. A challenge for the next prefect team!

As Head Boy, I've also been involved with activities across the school, from the Christmas Fair and Dash for Ash to assemblies and the shoebox appeal. It was great to be able to work with a whole range of students from all age groups. I was given further opportunity to work with some of the younger years when I acted as a teaching assistant for a few classes. I approached my teachers about the task as I wanted it to go on my university application, and I found myself enjoying it more than I expected.

My teachers have been an absolute blessing every step of the way this year, whether it was Miss Huyton and Mrs Cross prepping me for the Biology Olympiad, Mrs Nayar letting me use science resources to try out funky new experiments, or Mr Norris doing Maths with me every Saturday morning. Without their help, I wouldn't be where I am today. That just about sums up what it's been like in the past year for me, and so I pass on the torch.

Interviews for the new Head Boy and Head Girl took place Monday with Mr Fisher, Mademoiselle Monsauret. I am pleased to say that all of the candidates would do an amazing job if they got the role.

My first exam is only three weeks away, and so I will be completely absorbed for the next month. After that comes Prizegiving, where I hope to talk about the rest of my time here at Sherfield. In the summer, I will be learning to drive, and I'm hoping to spend some time travelling with a friend through the latter part of the season. With that to come, I bid farewell, and hope that I have left you with a good last impression that will last - and plenty to think about.

Thomas Jenkins

Head Boy

Head Prefects' Blog

Head Prefects' Blog

  • Head Boy Blog 12 March 2018

        12 March 2018

    Watching my Dad design intricate machines from a young age ignited my interest in engineering.

  • Head Girls Blog February 2018

        19 February 2018

    On Monday morning before half-term, my tutor group gave an assembly on pursuing excellence. We spoke of our personal achievements and how as individua...

  • Head Girls Blog 26 January 2018

        26 January 2018

    Inspirational people are the people we look upon for encouragement, motivation or guidance. The dictionary definition of inspiration is ‘the process o...

  • Head Boy's Blog 9 November 2017

        13 November 2017

    Happiness. What makes us happy? This is the question I asked myself prior to Mr. Fisher’s assembly on Monday morning and began questioning why we all ...

  • Head Boy’s Blog 9 October 2017

        09 October 2017

    2 October 2017 Miles Bromilow The gift of a shoebox to the people who live in poverty in Eastern Europe brings them great happiness. The simpl...

  • Head Girl Blog 12 September 2017

        19 September 2017

    Friday evening and Saturday morning saw pupils from Year 9 and 12 involved in a Bush Craft survival campout, where it we imagined that the school had ...

  • Head Boy's Blog 5 July 2017

        24 July 2017

    Read Head Boy Miles' speech to the school on Speech Day 2017.

  • Head Girl's Blog 5 July 2017

        24 July 2017

    Read Eleanor Smith's address at Speech Day 2017

  • Ex-Head Boy Blog 5th July 2017

        24 July 2017

    Read Thomas Jenkins' words to the school at Senior Speech Day on 5 July 2017.

  • Head Boy's Blog 25 June 2017

        29 June 2017

    Pursuit of excellence was last week’s theme which seemed apt with Sports day concluding a great week for the school. It was a true delight to see all ...

  • Head Prefect Blog 19 June 2017

        22 June 2017

    In her second blog as Head Girl, Eleanor Smith writes about the importance of community values.

  • Head Prefects' Blog, 1 June 2017

        31 May 2017

    Introducing our newly appointed Head Boy, Miles and Head Girl, Eleanor.

  • Head Boy's Blog 23rd May 2017

        23 May 2017

    This week marks my final week as Head Boy here at Sherfield. It has been an amazing journey getting to this point, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my Sh...

  • Head Boy's Blog 12th May 2017

        16 May 2017

    Everybody makes mistakes in their life, whether it is a wrong number in a maths paper or an offence paid to a loved one in a heated argument. What dif...

  • Head Boy's Blog 5th May 2017

        08 May 2017

    This was the third week I was in breakfast with our Head Master, Mr Fisher, and Head of Sixth Form, Miss Monsauret. As expected, Mr Fisher ignored his...

  • Head Boy's Blog 28th April 2017

        02 May 2017

    Confession time: I can't speak a language! Despite school policy, I've managed to avoid learning a language. Some of you might find this surprising, e...

  • Head Boy's Blog 24th April 2017

        26 April 2017

    Privilege is something that can easily be taken for granted, especially when we are born and raised in a society that would have been unimaginable to ...

Click here to view our news archive
Two column auto layout
Two column layout