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Head Students

We are very proud of our Head Students, Kafi and Ruby (pictured with Mr Lewis, Principal and Lord Agnew). The speeches both of these students gave during the Year 11 Presentation Evening were incredibly moving... please see these below.

RUBY'S SPEECH:

Hi, I’m Ruby, one of the head students at Fairfield, which is why I am doing this speech. I would much rather be in the audience laughing at the person having to do this but instead I am up here and you can all laugh at me.

I can’t believe we’ve made it all the way up to this point. I still remember the first day of year 7, when I couldn’t eat anything because I was so nervous. We were all standing in here, waiting to see who would be in our tutor groups. Although I felt like I was going to be sick with nerves, I instantly felt more at east when I saw how nervous everyone else was and how welcoming all the teachers were. A relaxing and comfortable atmosphere was created that has stayed with me all through the past 5 years. As we’ve progressed through the school, the sense of community within our year has grown and grown thanks to the amazing teachers and school as a whole. Even though people have come and gone, we’ve managed to sustain a great sense of togetherness and unity that has made my time here, and I’m sure everyone else’s, especially amazing.

When I look back, I really feel like we have made the most of all our opportunities. We may have had to shut off the power on the 5th floor for a while or turn off the heating in the winter, but that never stopped the teachers from staying positive and giving us the best education they could. I also admire their perseverance and determination in getting us through these past months with the impossible changed that the government decided to make to the exams. I honestly cannot thank you enough for all the work you have put in, I know that we would not have been able to do it without all your support.

Fairfield has given us lots of opportunities to bond over and laugh at in the future. Bushcraft was not quite what we expected, but we still managed to have lots of fun, which included people jumping into stinging nettles, covering our faces in mud and all cramming under a tiny canopy that we were forced to share with spiders, woodlice and lots of sweaty armpits. Exmouth proved to be very traumatic with the most chaotic bike ride known to man. I’m still convinced that we left at least 10 people behind during it. Sports days have also always been eventful. Our last one was rounded off with Niang trying to kill Mr Johnson by kicking over the high jump stand. Although she was unsuccessful, he did leave Fairfield the next year so….

All in all, my time here has been truly incredible. I feel I have learnt as much from the students around me as I have from my lessons. The amount you have all taught me about different cultures and religions and how much you have inspired me with your dedication to your beliefs has allowed me to have a much better understanding of the world we live in and the people within it. Ultimately, I have the school to thank for this, as they have created an environment where everyone is welcome in spite of religion or ethnicity or sexuality, which to me is the main quality of this school that makes it so outstanding.

The teachers do such an amazing job of managing a whole school of hormonal teenagers at the same time as teaching lessons. Their job does not just entail being an expert of a subject and having to teach it, but also providing a huge amount of emotional support, which makes the job incredibly complex, but all the most respectable. The job all teachers perform is definitely challenging in society, but does not receive nearly enough credit. I know what I think doesn’t really make a difference to a teacher’s position in society, but for me, the job you do is the most important and inspiring job a person can have and I am so privileged to have received my education from such a talented and spectacular group of teachers. And what makes them particularly spectacular is their focus on the individual. Every teacher here has made an effort to learn about each individual person and promoted the importance of being comfortable with yourself. All together, you manage to create an environment where grades really aren’t all that matters, which has made this school the admirable place that it is. So thank you to all the teachers and students for making my time here so unique and incredible.

KAFI'S SPEECH:

Hello, my name is Kafi and I’m head boy. Well I used to be I guess now. Before I start rambling on, I would like to just say a massive thank you to the teachers who persevered and nurtured us through our time at Fairfield. And I think I am not alone by saying that you have truly helped us in the weeks during and following our GCSEs. I also want to give a special thanks to Mr Mead who has been our head of year for 4 years and has reminded us day in and day out to believe in ourselves and never give up.

I can still remember my first day at Fairfield. I came late which I probably advise never to do. I walked through those doors and I saw rows of chairs arranged just like now with hundreds of students swiveling their heads around to look at me. I remember the silence and how I felt. I felt very embarrassed. I remember the long walk from the entrance to my seat. I had a lot of thoughts, but I remember myself looking forward to the next five years.

Now I stand here, 5 years later.

Our school has taught us a lot of important skills and life lessons, but I believe there is one that shines over the others. And that is happiness. Whatever you choose to do in life, if you do not wake up in the morning feeling happy, something has to change.

So when this does happen, remember that Fairfield has taught us that when you do hit that rock bottom in life the only way to go is up. And I truly believe being exposed to a community as diverse as Fairfield truly teaches us to never give up no matter how bad times can become. Because having this type of mentality will make every day such a day that makes you happy.

So, I would like to end by saying good luck to each and every one of you and bear in mind focus on your own personal achievements instead of comparing them to others. Be better today than you were yesterday and be far greater tomorrow than you were today! Because that leads to a greater satisfaction.

Here’s to a bright and beautiful future!

Thank you for listening.

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