I thought I’d take a little time to tell you about what school life on a daily basis is like from my perspective. For instance, take last Thursday. I wandered into the Crush Hall at 8:25am to find two Year 7’s probing the printer, trying to work out how to photocopy. I offered to help out, but unfortunately am also technologically incompetent, so I ended up taking them on a chase around school to try and find someone who would help us. The receptionist pointed us to Mrs Stott the Librarian, who then broke it to us that we couldn’t photocopy with that particular machine, but kindly offered to scan it and print it for the Year 7. Thus the first adventure of the morning was resolved, and we all hurried off to registration.
It was then time for Presentation Assembly, which we have every half term. For this, I have to sit on the stage with the Head’s team and Mrs Carlisle herself, and sometimes help Dr Secker sort out prizes and pass them along (I once broke a medal and had to award it to the poor receiver in two separate parts, but that is another story). This one luckily passed without disaster. As Presentation Assemblies always do, it overran a bit, so after a lot of clapping, I rushed off to Art, keen to make the most of the last lesson before half term. Our Art teachers had named this week National Drawing Week (though the rest of the nation seem to be unaware of this), and so on the Monday, Miss Rutty had distributed personalised tasks to each of us, to try and push us out of our comfort zones. I hate charcoal with a suitably burning passion- it gets under your nails, makes a horrible sound and isn’t colourful. So, naturally, A2 charcoal drawings were my mission. Never one to submit to defeat, (that’s just not the way we OHS girls roll) I drew my feathers with gusto, and only got told to stop complaining on one occasion. The bell then rang for break, and though reluctant as ever to leave the warmth of the art department, my friends and I returned to the common room. A drink, satsuma and another conversation about what everyone’s favourite hymn is (bizarrely, this is one of the most popular subjects of discussion at the moment, since my friend found a dubstep version of ‘Jerusalem’) I grabbed my stuff and headed off to English.
We are studying ‘Measure for Measure’ at the moment, and so our teacher gave us an article on Isabella’s character. As a treat for the last lesson before half term, we made group posters comparing the female characters in ‘Measure For Measure’. As always, this lead to mass excitement (you can never believe the hysteria felt tips can bring to a group of 17-18 year old girls until you see it). After English it was lunchtime but, first, I had to meet Miss Stewart and some other Year 13’s to start writing the Staff Pantomime. Watching the Staff Pantomime on the last day before the Christmas holidays has always been the highlight of my year, and so we are feeling the pressure to make it as good as ever, however I’m afraid I cannot disclose any further information on the subject.
When it was over, I considered going to ‘Leaf Appreciation Society’, but decided to relax with my soup instead. Some time last week, a particularly nice orange leaf was stuck anonymously to the art room door, and a meeting time was placed in Daily Digest this morning, next to a notice asking members to ‘bring a leaf to discuss’. It is all very mysterious, but if I go next time I will be sure to report back.
General Studies was next, but this week instead of Book Club, Ms O’Neill had arranged a workshop for us about job and university interviews. She had asked me and my friend in advance to participate in practice interviews in front of the whole year, which we both felt a little daunted by, but glad to be given the opportunity. Despite the excellent advice and guidance given about how to tell a good story, I still managed to become more and more ridiculous with each answer I gave. My problem is that, when asked a question I find difficult, instead of pausing I spew irrelevant and random anecdotes, whilst failing to use any verbs. It is a skill I have yet to learn, but I will continue practicing, and there is no doubt the session was extremely valuable in learning the do’s and dont’s of interviews.
It was then time for registration again, but I had a double study period and had finished all of my work. Therefore, my friends and I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to head to the M&S café and, as OHS always teaches us to make the most of every opportunity, 10 minutes later I was sipping at a Millionaire’s Hot Chocolate (I would recommend). We got back to school at 4 o’clock, as my friend had a ‘Duchess of Malfi’ rehearsal, and we had one later for ‘The Addams Family’. It’s on in a couple of weeks after half term, but we seem to be ahead of schedule at the moment, so no one is panicking too much just yet. It’s great fun with some hilarious one-liners, and a lot of black and grey costumes, as you can expect. I won’t give too much away, as you should come and see it- it is running on the 26th, 27th and 28th of November. There’s surely no better way to end a blog post than with a bit of shameless advertising, but I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my ramblings and finding out more about life at OHS!
Freya, Head Girl Oxford High School