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Message from Head Team

Hello everyone,

This is a message from Joana Gaspar, Lewis Barker, Mariah Rong, Dior Slater and Martha Beattie, your new Head Team. We are really excited to represent this school, to give back to a place that has given so much to us. This year, we have moved away from the old Head Boy/Girl and Deputy Head Boy/Girl structure in favour of a general Head Team, where each of us plays a role in making Berwickshire High School the best it can be for students, parents, staff, and the community.

So far, the Head Team has worked with our new Senior Prefects (Ailsa Dewar, Jessica Scott, Finlay Hamilton, Liam Brown, Sophie Scott and Gaby Gracey) to arrange Prefects in and out of school. We have introduced a new idea where we have Prefects keeping an eye out on students down the street, to ensure minimum disruption to our community, and to ensure that the behaviour of our students reflects the excellent standard of the Berwickshire High School.

However, this is only the beginning. So far, our ideas include bringing back mental health ambassadors, organising an S6 day which promotes learning and bonding, and increasing student voice through installing a suggestion box and holding regular Student Council meetings. We also have a lot more in store for the future. To achieve these goals, we will work closely with Mr Robertson (our new Rector), the Senior Leadership Team, Mrs Hughes (who is in charge of promoting student leadership, participation and achievement), Mrs Morrison (who does a fantastic job with the House System), and other staff and students.

Our committees this year include Charities, Communication, Yearbook, Sports, Prom and Social. Following a competitive applications process, we have selected Matthew Baker as Head of the Charities Committee, Wasim Younus as Head of Communications, Olivia Taylor as Head of Yearbook, Heather Kinghorn as Head of Sports, Matthew Duxbury and Lauren Watson as joint Head of Prom, and Toby Kershaw and Archie Fuller as joint Head of the Social Committee. Despite the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19, we are certain that they will still do a fantastic job, albeit, in a slightly different way to normal.

Finally, we want to leave a legacy behind and be remembered as a Head Team that helped bring about positive changes to this school. In particular, we’d like to connect more with the younger years to inspire future leaders. We hope to make the Berwickshire High School a warm, welcoming, place that ensures everyone can learn, achieve, and contribute the best they can. We hope that everyone here will become outstanding individuals.