Head Girl : Alannah McGrath
I joined St Gregory’s in the September of 2011, sold on the vision of not only academic success but that they would invest in me as an individual and push me to do my very best. That promise has definitely been fulfilled as the opportunities that I have been given have moulded me into the person I am today. I am now a senior member of the ignite chaplaincy team and take a lead role in organizing events such as the Easter vigil and the Christmas concert. As well as this I have been part of several sports teams including the netball and athletics where I went on to compete at both the Brent and Middlesex championships.
This year I am currently doing my sliver Duke of Edinburgh Award after completing my bronze in year nine and I have also got the opportunity to travel to china with several other sixth form students. This is just some of the many opportunities I have been given and no matter what your interest it be mathematics or drama, science or sport there are opportunities available to everyone. These opportunities have helped me as well as many others to develop transferable skills to thrive during and after school life. One thing that makes St. Gregory’s stand out is that it does not only offer opportunities in school but outside the school environment to. Some of these include volunteering at a local soup kitchen, Russell group university visits and working with different charities.
When I began at St Gregory’s I was unconfident within my academic abilities and unsure of what was next to come for me. However due to the support and care of staff, intervention and extra Saturday revision classes I was able to achieve fantastic GCSE grades which enabled me to go on and do the A levels I wanted. When it came to applying for sixth form, it was a no-brainer for me St Gregory’s was the one! From a shy and unconfident year seven St Gregory’s has transformed me into a hardworking and determined individual. The school has not only helped be to achieve academically but it has made me into a well-rounded individual This year I will be applying for university hopefully to study religious studies and sociology and one day become a teacher. I do not believe I would be at this stage in my education without the resources and support the school has given me.
One thing that stands out for me is that St Gregory’s is a happy school, with a strong Catholic ethos and sense of community throughout. This helps students to settle in quickly and make the most of the opportunities offered. I am very honoured to be head girl of such an incredible institution and as head girl I will mainly focus on inclusion. I would like to encourage everyone to get involved in any aspect of school life whether it is big or small. I hope to empower and inspire others to follow the words of Catherine of Sienna “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire” just like St Gregory’s has for me.