25 June 2021
This week has seen the appointment of our new Head Boy and Senior Prefect Team. It follows a testing process. This began earlier this term when Mrs Wood shared with the Y10 boys the history, as well as the roles and responsibilities of being a prefect at West Hill School. The boys had to submit applications to become a prefect, before being interviewed by panels comprising staff, trustees and Y11 prefects. The successful group then engaged in training organised by Mr Evans, involving a range of elements including team building and problem solving, conflict resolution (led by local police including Gary Etchells who West Hill’s Head Boy in 1975) and first aid.
From the prefect body, boys could then decide to apply for the position of Head Boy. This year’s applicants were an especially strong group. The boys submitted letters outlining their vision for the school, they were then interviewed by myself, Mrs Wood and their Head of Year Miss Jedd. The hustings followed; in the past this would be making a 5 minute speech in the assembly hall, this year it was done remotely. Again the standard was very high. The passion the boys have for school and wanting to make a difference is so impressive. The staff and the prefect body voted and we now have a new Head Boy and he will be supported by 2 Deputies. In addition, boys were also able to apply to be part of the Senior Team, again this was a vote and we now have 5 boys added to the team.
The role of Head Boy is a prestigious one Matthew Goodwin, will join the ranks of some illustrious names. Our traditions are important to us. Prefects in general and the Head Boy in particular, are a major component of our values and ethos. I have every confidence that Matthew will make a significant contribution in his time and his legacy will be a positive one.
Alongside that good news story, we learned that earlier this week Len Hill, Headteacher of this school from 1986 – 1994, passed away peacefully at home. Mr Hill joined West Hill in January 1959 and spent his entire career at the school, also achieving great success as a fencing coach. Messages have been coming into school from past generations, expressing their respect and appreciation for Mr Hill, and his devotion to West Hill and the boys. I feel it is appropriate to end this log book entry, with the words Mr Hill transcribed into the Headteacher’s log on his final day as Head in 1994;
“My respect and love for this splendid school remains undiminished. May it go on to greater success in the future”
Posted by Mr Owens
Category: Headteacher's Log Book