Congratulations to Sixth Formers Katie O’Dell and Peter Brookes Chambers who have won the prestigious prize for ‘services to the school’ from the Old Lincolnions.
Below is Katie’s acceptance speech.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for inviting me here today to not only collect a prize, but to have the opportunity to speak to you about my time at LCHS.
The award I’m collecting is for ‘services to the school’; my main contribution to the school has been through the development to the sixth form mentoring system. I along with many other sixth form students take great pride in being given the chance to support younger members of the school community, and to act as role models for them.
I’d like to talk to you about one of the students I have had the privilege of mentoring. I first met mentee when he offered to assist me when I was lifting something heavy to a meeting after school. As we were talking, he told me how he struggled with his English and had just finished a dyslexia group. Having queried whether or not he had a sixth form mentor, and discovering he had not I had arrangements to become his mentor. We have met every week since. During these meetings alongside helping him with his spellings and literacy, I have been assisting him with emotional and social development in terms of offering him support and guidance with friendship groups. During the time I have spent with him I have clearly seen the impact mentoring has had upon his confidence. This is one example of how a student has been positively impacted through having a sixth form mentor.
My hope for the future is that the programme continues and that sixth form students continue to take ownership and responsibility over the younger members of the school community, in offering them support and guidance. I’d also like to see the introduction of a sixth form prefect system, to further assist the running of the school and to continue students to be role models across other years.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at LCHS and have been given numerous opportunities beyond the curriculum and I have been especially fortunate to have some teachers who themselves have acted as role models for me, namely Miss Fearns and Mrs Freestone, both of which through their teaching and support have empowered me to achieve not only academic success, but also inspired my desire to act on behalf of others to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to succeed.
Thank you for listening.