Samantha Rocks – Head Girl 2020-2021

Hi, I’m Samantha and I am currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Religious Studies at A Level, as well as studying an EPQ about the world of Parapsychology.

I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded the position of Head Girl. I have deep respect and warmth for what Newcastle High has to offer, and I profoundly feel that our school offers not just academic development, but moral and spiritual growth. The school presented me with a plethora of impressive opportunities, from going to Australia on Sports tour to volunteering for Shine and Science Is My Superpower, programmes in school which aim to spark a love for science for children from underprivileged areas. I currently help to run a relaxation and organisation club, as well as tutor younger girls. I hope to be a dignified, professional and kind role model who paves the way for younger girls and embraces differences within our school community. I am also striving to build stronger bridges between Year Groups.

Truly, Newcastle High has encouraged me to reach for the stars, I believe it is now my role to ensure every girl appreciates their time here and aspires to be the best version of themselves, just as I do. In the future I hope to study Law at university, and eventually fulfil my dream of becoming a barrister.

 

FUN FACTS ABOUT SAMANTHA!

My favourite book is …
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

My happy place is…
Walking with my dogs on a rainy day in Jesmond Dene.

I relax by…
Going to cafes with my Mum.

I love to watch…
Period dramas.

If I could eat one meal forever it would be…
Vegetable stir fry with gyozas.

Any phobias?..
Deep water.

Weird and wonderful fact about me…
I have two pet budgies named Honey and Pea.

My favourite quote is…
“The cost of procrastination is the life you could’ve lived.’

Maya Torres – Deputy Head Girl 2020/2021

Hi I’m Maya! I am currently studying Dance, History and Spanish, and I’m hoping to audition for Drama schools in the coming months to train in Performing Arts after leaving school. I am hugely passionate about all my subjects, but also our incredible school community as a whole.

When I’m not practising Dance, Drama and Music both inside and outside school I can often be found with Sam and Hafsah in the corner of the Common Room planning our next project or initiative. Having been lucky enough to assume a number of leadership roles in school from the more traditional like House Captain and Forum Rep to getting to co-choreograph last year’s whole school production of Grease, I was enthusiastic to apply for the Sixth Form leadership team and consequentially the Head Girl team, excited by the prospect of being given the platform to enact whole-school positive change and development. Undoubtedly this has been a term like no other but it has pushed us to work creatively and find new ways to reach the girls and ensure the NHSG community remains as vibrant and buzzing as ever.

We are working hard in a number of areas, specifically diversity and inclusion in line with our strict anti-prejudice policy, and mental health support, especially given the turbulent conditions we find ourselves in at this time. I am greatly looking forward to the coming months as Deputy Head Girl, as I hope you are too!

FUN FACTS ABOUT MAYA!

My favourite book is …
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu is my go-to feminist book.

My happy place is…
The Dance studio.

I relax by…
Being creative in some way.

I love to watch…
BBC dramas

If I could eat one meal forever it would be…
A veggie burger.

Any phobias?..
I’m scared of school having to close again! I just love it too much.

Weird and wonderful fact about me…
I can sing (almost) all of the periodic table!

My favourite quote is…
“Someone else’s beauty is not the absence of your own.” Hafsah told me this one a few years ago and it has always stuck with me since.

Hafsah Shah – Deputy Head Girl 2020/2021

Hi, I’m Hafsah and I am currently studying Chemistry, Biology and Psychology A Level as well as an EPQ about climate change and infectious disease. I hope to study Dentistry at university.

I have always been enthusiastic about everything that NHSG offers, from Drama productions, public speaking and school forum to Duke of Edinburgh and Go Green society; I truly think that I’ve relished every opportunity. The empowering nature of NHSG has always fuelled my motivation to overcome boundaries and challenges. Our community is truly inspiring as we all strive for our individual and collective success. The endless amount of support available has created such a safe and comfortable environment. I am so grateful to have experienced this during my high school years and I hope that every student at NHSG feels the same way. Being Deputy Head Girl is a wonderful opportunity for me to represent the school and contribute to this positive community. It is so exciting that I can inspire and act as a role to younger girls in the same way that previous Head Girl Teams did for me.

As Deputy Head Girl I hope to create more opportunities for girls to integrate with other Year Groups and create an even more comfortable and friendly environment for everyone.

I am very proud of everything our team has done so far and look forward to everything we will achieve moving forward.

FUN FACTS ABOUT HAFSAH!

My favourite book is …
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

My happy place is…
Exploring new places with my family.

I relax by…
Baking cookies with my sister.

I love to watch…
Disney movies.

If I could eat one meal forever it would be…
My sister’s Katsu Curry

Any phobias?..
Open water.

Weird and wonderful fact about me…
I really enjoy pottery!

My favourite quote is…
“Nothing worth having comes easy”.

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