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New student leadership roles for sixth form team

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Most sixth form students would be stressed out at the prospect of a job interview, but Toby Kunin admits that he rather enjoyed his for the role of head boy at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL).

The interview is the final part of GSAL’s selection process for the student leadership team of two boys and two girls, and Toby was heartened by the panel’s genuine interest in him and what makes him tick. Appointed alongside Toby are fellow head boy Josh Borlant, and two head girls, Niharika Manu and Nicole Smith, all Year 12.

The new student leaders take up their year-long roles this term. As well as being important role models to all students, their responsibilities include representing the school at events and facilitating good communication between staff and students. They head up a sixth form team of school prefects, faith leaders, faculty leaders and house captains.

Niharika hopes to study medicine at university, and her interests in school include music and drama, the Model United Nations and intellectual discussion group the Socratic Society. Nicole plays hockey for school and football for Harrogate Town Ladies and – once she has decided which sport to focus on – plans to apply for a sport scholarship to study in Canada. She is also an active member of the school’s new equality and diversity group, involving students and staff.

Nicole said: “As head girl is a visible role model, I want to show that you can follow what you’re interested in and inspire other girls to pursue their talents.”

Toby’s interests include singing in school choirs, debating, and Socratic Society, and he would like to study history at university. Josh hopes to study economics, and he is a keen sportsman who plays first team football and rugby for GSAL.

Josh said: “Sport has helped me develop as a person, step out of my comfort zone and find out what I’m good at. Being head boy is a good opportunity to show the leadership qualities developed throughout school, help out younger students and make their time at school even better.”

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