A Week in the School Life of Sixth Former, Lottie Eyre
Friday and the race to breakfast, as Upper Sixth spot potato waffles and spaghetti hoops on the menu. Friday is always a tough day, lots of lessons, countered by the anticipation of the weekend. However, the day was cut short by the annual Sarah Parkes' Book of Common Prayer Competition, a chance for girls to boost confidence through reading a passage from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Saturday night brought one of our regular Moreton Hall Social Club events with the House descending on the Pengwern Boat Club in Shrewsbury. We piled off the Moreton Hall mini-bus only to find Mr Corbett standing alone in an empty venue. Things weren’t looking too good but not for long! We were soon joined by friends from schools as far-a-field as Birmingham-the wonders of the Moreton charm.
Sunday involved wellies, waterproofs and Walkers crisps on tour to Malham, Yorkshire-a Geography enrichment trip. This was the second Harry Potter filming location Geography has taken us to. Enough said!
There is no better way to start a Monday morning than with a Physics test, or so Mr Singleton likes to tell me. Needless to say, those extra revision sessions seemed to pay off. 100%. Boom.
In the evening, the whole year settled down together in The Link to watch University Challenge (our weekly cover story for the hour of Made in Chelsea which follows!)
Waking up to Mrs Lang's far too cheery ‘Good Morning!' (who's that optimistic at 8am?), brought with it a terrifying prospect: triple Further Maths... I'm still waiting to apply sin2 x + cos2 x = 1 to my everyday life. The Maths department always assured me that Maths was the right choice; however after being set 67 exam questions for Monday, I'm not too sure. Still, I had cake to look forward to in our weekly Prefects' meeting.
Prefects' meeting: who forgot the cake?
After lessons, I had a frantic rush to Chamber Choir, where Mrs Rayner made my day: "Singing's all in the eye-brows, girls!"
For all intents and purposes, Wednesday = sport. After exhausting myself in my weekly tennis lesson, I took pleasure in cheering on my friends in the toughest lacrosse match of the season. 24 maths questions down.
As part of the Upper Sixth enrichment programme, two members of the A Level Geography set will accompany the teachers on a lower school field trip. It was Sophie's and my turn to go to Ashes Hollow with the Lower 4s on Thursday, which tested both our basic Geography knowledge and more importantly, our patience. The girls had a great day, and a lot was learnt with only one slip into the river!
43 maths questions down.
Friday's assembly conjured ‘whoops' of delight, as next week's Harry Potter day was revealed-what more could a 17 year old want, than to dress up in a witch's hat in aid of a worthy charity? Four extra one-to-one lessons were intense, but invaluable, in contrast with the intense, and no less valuable, Divisional rehearsal. I (of all people!) was enlisted to choreograph Beyonce's club classic ‘Run the World' for the Dance competition. Of course our Division, Roberts, intends on repeating last year's success by being crowned overall winners at the end of year.
The Shropshire Festival takes place at Moreton each year, where anyone can take part in improving their Public Speaking. I surprised myself by winning both my classes, although Phoebe tells me that her absence significantly reduced my competition!
No time to do any Maths.
11.14 pm, Sunday: 34 sides of A4 paper later, Maths is complete.
Now that I have completed my A Levels and am off to University, I am only just coming to realise what Moreton has really given me. I often hear people say how difficult it is to describe the school and sitting down to write this, I must agree. For me, the school has a certain charm, whether that comes from the utmost desire of all the teachers to get the best out of each girl or just the girls themselves and the bonds they seem to form with each other. I don't know. But those who see the school, more often than not, comment on this ‘charm'.
As an un-confident wallflower I joined the school aged 11, feeling my cheeks redden every time someone asked me a question. Now aged eighteen and leaving the school I cannot believe how much I have changed.
My school life at Moreton has revolved not only around academic studies but also music, ballet, sport and public speaking. There always seems to be something to get involved with in the school. The skills I have taken from these activities are those that will last me a lifetime. I could name the clichés such as time management and self-confidence, but most of all my time at Moreton has allowed me to grow as an individual into something I want to be - a young woman, a perfectionist with a strong ambition to achieve and who is ready to start in the ‘real world'.
Moreton strikes the balance of giving you both freedom and responsibility, making demands on you but supporting you at the same time. My role as Head Prefect has certainly been demanding, but with the support of teachers, fellow prefects and being able to do the things I love, it has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Polly Booth - Head Prefect - 2010 to 2011