Welcome from the Head Girl

My name is Bethany Lucas and I am the current Head Girl of EHS. I joined the school in Year 7 and over the last six years this school has given me so many opportunities from performing as ‘Eponine’ in ‘Les Misérables’, flying to China and exploring every subject fully to find out where my passions lie.

Yet, more than just providing these fantastic opportunities, EHS has given me confidence, drive and determination which I know will carry me forward into my adult life. I would not be the person I am today without this incredible support which is why I am so grateful that this upcoming year I get the chance to give back something to the school that has given so much to me.

In the position of the Head Girl I work closely with the teachers and the Sixth Form Committee with day-to-day tasks, represent the school at events and help to plan large school events. I do not do it alone however; Malala Yousafzai and Beatrice Kessedjian are my brilliant deputies and together we make up the Leadership Team. Already we have found that we really complement each other with our different strengths and visions for the school, and we make a very good team.

Since being elected into our roles we have been very busy! Particular highlights so far would be holding our annual commemorative Pink Rose Assembly (the first event we organised together),  welcoming the new Year 7s to the School at Induction Day and, of course, the Sixth Form Sleepover (ringing up Dominos to ask if I can order 80 pizzas will be a particularly special memory!).

At this year’s Speech Day, together with the Deputy Head Girls, I delivered a speech to current and returning Old Girls (ex-pupils) in the beautiful Great Hall at the University of Birmingham. It is undoubtedly the most formal event we attend in our roles so I was nervous but excited to see it come together.

It is amazing how much we have already accomplished in such a short time but it is incredibly exciting seeing the plans you make come to fruition. This year will be very busy and a big challenge but I mean it when I say I wouldn't want to spend my last year at EHS any other way. I have a fantastic team behind me, huge support from the teachers and I am excited to see what is in store and what we will achieve. It is very strange to think back to when I joined and looked up at the Head Girl, thinking I could never do something like that.

If I've learned anything from being an EHS girl it must be how important it is to make the most of everything the School and life offers you. Never hold yourself back because the opportunities are all there - you just need to take them.

Bethany Lucas
Head Girl 2016-17