Notre Dame is delighted to present the new Senior Student Leadership Team for 2018/19 following recent school elections. The prestigious posts are highly contested and elected students are given the opportunity to lead study, spiritual and social committees within the Sixth Form, as well as hosting or representing the school at large events.

The election process involved eight Year 12 candidates, who each presented their reasons for wanting to be elected, as well as outlining their plans for the year ahead to both staff and their fellow students. All of the candidates had excellent ideas for how to become involved and lead activities for the benefit of the school, and they all spoke clearly and confidently about their goals.

Following these hustings, staff and Year 12 students voted in secret ballots and the three students with the most votes were elected as the new Senior Student Team.

 

This year’s team are –

Jessica Jarvis

Jess has been at Notre Dame since Year 7 and has been involved in many different activities including being a Peer mentor, who helped Year 7 students that may have had fears or concerns, and developed their self-esteem and helped to tackle bullying within the school.

Jess is thrilled to be a Senior Student ‘because I want to work towards improving the mental health and self-confidence within our school. I’m a strong believer that if we can believe in ourselves and our work, we can be capable of anything; this can be both academic and outside of the school, to develop as people.’

Outside of school, Jess is a keen sailor, and believes that an international sailing competition enabled her to find her confidence, and she now looks to help all of Notre Dame’s students to figure out what drives them and help them to believe in themselves.

Toby Marks

Toby joined Notre Dame in September after completing his GCSEs at St Boniface’s Catholic College.  An enthusiastic member of ND Sixth, Toby is an avid Water Polo player, enjoys many sports and recently won a silver medal for the school at the Plymouth School’s Rowing Competition. He has also organised and hosted a successful quiz night at the school in aid of the mental health charity Mind.

He aims to use his position as Senior Student to give fellow students the chance to make memories while at Notre Dame. He promises to listen to what others are saying and work hard to make school life as enjoyable as possible for everyone.

Toby explains; ‘what I strive for in life is to help not only those less fortunate than myself but absolutely anybody who crosses my path. My life goal is to help as many people through life as possible and that’s exactly what I intend to through Sixth Form, to make Sixth Form enjoyable and a fun place for everyone. Allowing students to leave, saying: “Sixth Form was the best years of my life, I will never forget it!”’

Erin Sanger

Erin has also been a student at Notre Dame since Year 7, and from her first year at the school, she had been involved in many key roles such as a member of the School Senate, Sports Leader and House Captain. Erin has also helped to organise the Year 11 Leaver’s Day and Prom and so is well used to the responsibilities that being a Senior Student will bring. Outside of school, Erin is a Cadet, taking part in Remembrance Day parades and other large events.

‘As a senior student I want to influence the younger years by enabling the year 12s and 13s to mentor and support them in all aspects of school life’ Erin explains. ‘This can be done by involving them in Fun Fridays during tutor time and helping organise events with the Heads of House by using my experience from the last five years to help. Previous knowledge has led me to find that this is crucial in the interaction between the year groups so we are not a segregated school. I feel this is an important part of the Notre Dame community because it embodies the schools ethos of head heart and hands.’

 

The team took over their new responsibilities following an official handover in front of the whole school on 27th March, which was also an opportunity to thank the outgoing Senior Student Team of 2017/18; Elise Irish, Izzy Abernethy and Joseph Casey, for all of their hard work and commitment over the past year.