Head Students

 

Head Students 2019-2020

Huge congratulations to our new Head Students who were chosen from an excellent selection of candidates just before we broke up for Easter.

Harrison Hunt (Alhambra), Lecolleen Klaas (Heidelberg), Bailey Taylor (Versailles), Bobbi Jo Lindsell and Harry Pitham (both Windsor) have an exciting year ahead of them!  Their aim is to continue the work of the outgoing Head Students by representing the whole student body’s wishes.  Already plans are forming for projects around Year 6 to 7 transition, reducing litter, improving facilities and working for the good of Team-HDHS.  They will be an excellent Student Leadership Team and we all wish them well for the year ahead.

Mr Garnham
Senior Assistant Headteacher

 

Head Students 2018-2019

Head students Alfie Benson, Evie Hawkins Clark, Mica Jones, Moesha Jordan and Lucy Hughes have set themselves ambitious targets this year and are already making huge strides towards achieving them (writes Mr Garnham in November).

With the support of Mrs Finch they have secured over £5000 of funding to improve outside seating facilities for students including benches and outside water fountains; they have set up and are running a lunch club for younger students; they have published their first newsletter and completed their first round of assemblies; they have already secured changes to PE uniform policy and are busily preparing for a Year 11 leavers book. And they have many more plans afoot based on listening to younger pupils.

This year looks set to be a record for the number of projects and initiatives being run by the student leadership council under Lucy’s, Moesha’s, Mica’s, Evie’s and Alfie’s guidance.

All of HDHS wishes the Head Students the very best with their ambitious plans.

Mr Garnham
Senior Assistant Headteacher

 

HeadStudents2017-2018

Head Students 2017-2018

Head Students 2017-2018

Following an interview process which included a group task, presentation and interview to a panel of three senior staff, the new Head Students were appointed.

The panel were ‘blown away’ by the quality of the applicants and spent a long time deliberating over the successful team.

The new team are excited about the year ahead and will have appointed their own student leadership team from Years 7-9 by the end of the week.

The successful candidates which form our new head student team 2017-2018 are:

  • Gabrielle Williams
  • Yuki Jackson
  • Macy Levett
  • Thomas Swettenham
  • Kimberly Mulligan

We wish the outgoing Head students the very best of luck for the future and thank them for their contribution to the school.

 

HeadStudents2016-2017

Head Students 2016-2017

Head Students 2016-2017

Following an interview process which included a group task, presentation and interview to a panel of three senior staff, the new Head Students were appointed.

The panel were ‘blown away’ by the quality of the applicants and spent a long time deliberating over the successful team.

The new team are excited about the year ahead and will have appointed their own student leadership team from Years 7-9 by the end of the week.

The successful candidates which form our new head student team 2016-2017 are:

  • Bradley Cook
  • Emma Davis
  • Marnie Wiltshire
  • Abbie Henshall
  • James Ashworth

We wish the outgoing Head students the very best of luck for the future and thank them for their contribution to the school.

Click here to read profiles for this year’s head students

HeadStudents2015-2016

Head Students 2015-2016

Head Students 2015-2016

Before Easter we appointed our new head student team. Head students have now become an integral part of life at Harwich and Dovercourt High School and we pride ourselves on the contribution they make to the life of the school. This is the fifth team we have now had, all bring different skills and qualities each time.

This year saw an incredibly strong field with 4 students being appointed. Students had the most rigorous interview process to date. This included an individual meeting with the head teacher, a group exercise led by Mrs McCullough and Mr Day finishing off with a presentation and interview with a panel consisting of Mrs Janet Little (Chair Of Governors), Mr Adrian Kidd (Deputy Headteacher) and Mr Steven Scott (Director Of Support Services).

The candidates were complimented by the panel as being incredibly professional and in some cases exceeded all expectations.

The successful candidates which form our new head student team 2015-2016 are:

  • Elliot Jackson
  • Maisie Baker
  • Taylor Whigham
  • Willow Surman-Wells

We wish the outgoing Head students the very best of luck for the future and thank me for their contribution to the school.

Click here to read profiles for this year’s head students

Monthly Team Meeting 13 October 2015

Student Leadership team meeting took place last week.
The team met for their monthly meeting where various things were discussed.
Students fed back the opinions and views of their peers which they had gathered from visiting tutor groups.
Issues ranged from lunchtime and canteen issues to relationships between staff and students.

Willow Surman Wells also fed back the findings of the survey that was carried out by the team in Dovercourt High Street. One of the key issues was the public would like the students to be more involved in the local community.

The students are now going to go away and plan a training session for teachers which will be delivered in a staff meeting, on what they think teachers can do to develop the best relationships with young people and hence get the best results from them.

Head Students 2014-2015

Head Students 2014-2015

Head Students 2014-2015

After introducing Head Students to the school 3 years ago we recently appointed our new team to serve until Easter 2015. Around 16 applications were received from the current Year 10 students interested in these very important positions.

All students were interviewed by Mrs Little (Chair of Governors) and Mr Kidd (Deputy Head).
The interview was very official and high pressure for the students consisting of a five minute presentation and then questions from the panel.

After a very competitive day in which both staff were extremely complimentary on the standard of all the students that were interviewed, five students were appointed.

Congratulations and good luck to the students below:

  • Ellis Janda-Bantick
  • Thomas Wotton
  • Paris McDonald
  • Riannon Redmond
  • Tash Gaddas

We would also like to thank the Year 11 current Head Students (as they make way for the newly appointed team) for the hard work, maturity, dedication and enthusiasm they have demonstrated over the last year whilst in post.

Head Students 2013-2014

Head Students 2013-2014

Head Students 2013-2014

After a long day the new Head Students for the forthcoming year have been selected.

16 people were interviewed and 5 were successful.

The day consisted of a 1 hour group task in front of Mr Day (Head of Windsor Learning Community), Mrs McCullough (Head of PSHEE) and two current Head Students.

Then each student had a 15 minute interview in front of a panel consisting of Miss Gettings (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Little (Chair of Governors) and Mrs Berkeley (Director of Support Services). The interview consisted of a 5 minute presentation on “what makes a good Head Student” and then questions from the panel.

All the students performed amazingly well and should be congratulated for their efforts.

The very happy people who succeeded in becoming Head Students are:

  • Matthew Herbert
  • Adam Brown
  • Meighan Good
  • Brooke Wakefield
  • Erin Whiffing

We wish them well in this important role within our School.

Head Students 2012-2013

Head Students 2012-2013

Head Students 2012-2013

This year saw an increase in the number of Year 10 students applying to be Head Students.

The applicants had 2 interviews. The main interview was with Mrs Little (Chair of Governors), Miss Gettings (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Berkeley (Director of Support Services). In this interview the students were asked to give a presentation on why they would like to be a Head Student and then answer questions.

Each applicant also had an interview with the current Head Students who then fed their thoughts back to the main panel.

There was a high quality group of students and after a long period of deliberation the following students were appointed:

  • Jemma Ng
  • Stephanie Campbell
  • Keira Panayi
  • Amy Laimbeer
  • Edwin Fletcher
  • Jarred Ford
  • Mason Kernott
  • Jamie Beecham

These students have already been busy in planning an interview day for Students Leaders in Year 8, 9 and 10, showing prospective and new teachers around the school, presenting in each community assembly and attending a Governors meeting. We wish them every success for the coming year.
Head Student Update – January 2013

Our aim as Head Students is to make the school a more enjoyable place for students. We have had a great year so far carrying out this role and we will be electing new Year 10 Head Students shortly, so that they can also experience the great journey we have had.

Just a few of our duties consist of attending meetings with the school Governors and hosting assemblies to the rest of the school every half term, where we discuss what we are currently working on and what we have achieved. We also help when new teaching staff candidates visit the school by showing them what we are all about!

Through our surveys, we found students wanted more essentials such as foam soap and water fountains which we have managed to secure in the school. In addition we were also involved with deciding the rules about jewellery and you will be receiving these official rules shortly.

We are currently in the process of introducing unisex cardigans to the new school uniform. Also we are working closely with the canteen staff to get more variety of foods in our canteen which will satisfy the students.

Head Students 2011-2012

Head Students 2011-2012

Head Students 2011-2012

Interviews were held in March 2011 and a team of 6 Head Students were chosen:

  • Isaac Aldridge
  • Tom Jewell
  • Charlie Pepperell
  • Natasha Cook
  • Poppy Flatt
  • Samra Mayanja

Our priorities were:

  • To improve the name of the school within the community.
  • To continue celebrating pupils’ successes.
  • To improve links between the lower and higher school.
  • To promote extra curricular activities and events, such as the Honywood project.
  • To encourage the student voice to be heard louder and clearer than previous years.

One of our first duties was to hold assemblies to encourage students in Years 7-9 to become part of the Student Leadership Team. A copy of our presentation can be downloaded here – Student Leadership Team Presentation – 166 KB

The Student Leadership Team that was elected comprised of 4 students per year group, giving a brilliant range of opinions from across the age spectrum. The students were:

  • Talia Dale
  • Tom Wotton
  • Vicky Finney
  • Tom Whittle
  • Vanessa Layland
  • Becky Meadows
  • Alexia Denney
  • Chloe Carmen
  • Keira Panayi
  • Aiden Freeman
  • Adam Eldridge
  • Steph Campbell

As Head Students and Student Leaders we wanted to increase awareness of all the wonderful things that take place at the Harwich and Dovercourt High School. We began with Questionnaires which were handed out around the community. This entailed 3 hours of listening to people of all ages, races and from different areas. It was an extremely beneficial experience, partly as it was one of our first major jobs as Head Students and Student Leaders, but also as it was a huge test on our part.

Head Student Survey Results – 140 KB

We felt it was extremely appreciated by the public and this was apparent in the results, which were better than anticipated. The general opinion across the 3 categories (Facilities, Students and Teachers) was “good”. This result was clearly an improvement to what it may have been several years ago. However it isn’t what the Head Students and Student Leaders want for the School… We want “outstanding”!

We felt that it was important to keep all staff members at Harwich and Dovercourt High School informed and so we presented to the staff all that we had been involved with since being elected. The staff were impressed with our efforts. They gave us many ideas after the presentation which were very beneficial. A copy of our presentation can be downloaded below.

Head Student Staff Presentation – 488 KB

We visited local Primary Schools to make Year 6 students feel at ease about attending the school. We gave this presentation to the students. So far we have had positive feedback from both the Primary School teachers and students. One teacher even said how “refreshing it was for us to deliver a presentation to the students. A copy of our presentation can be downloaded below.

Virtual Tour Primary School Presentation – 2 MB