“Being a prefect at the top of the school gave our son an understanding of the responsibility he had for the welfare of the younger boys.” Parent
We use older pupils as role models unashamedly. The older boys in the school are acutely aware of the influence they have on younger boys, and the responsibility that such influence brings.
They lead and help in assemblies and with house meetings and run School Council and Team G as well as other clubs. They also work with younger pupils every day as their ‘form monitors’, listening to them read or helping with their work. Year 8 boys undergo training and don armbands at breaktimes to show that younger children can go to them for help if necessary. As well as the Head Boy and Deputy Head roles, all Year 8 pupils hold important positions at school and play a vital role in the smooth running of different areas – Charities, Whole School Events, Innovation, Wellbeing, Sport, School Council, Team G, Music, Playground, ICT to name but a few. Pupils are actively involved in the day-to-day running of the school and are able to initiate changes and make budget requests.
Kinn - Wellbeing Prefect and Captain of Sackville
What does your role involve?
As wellbeing prefect, my role involves leading the meetings for our school Wellbeing Champions. I work with Mrs Koheji to make the school a happier place and help with the mental health of the boys. My other role as Captain of Sackville involves running house meetings, leading Sackville (the best house) and giving out badges.
What do you most enjoy about your prefect role?
I think it is important to be a role model for the younger pupils and think of new ways to ensure boys around the school are happy. I also really enjoy the responsibility of leading a house.
What part of your role do you see as most important right now?
As wellbeing prefect I can help others when they are sad. I also can share ideas from my year group about wellbeing in the school to make wellbeing even better at Solefield. I ran an assembly to the whole school for Mental Health Day and made my own video all about self care.
In what ways do you feel you are making a difference to the boys at Solefield?
I am able to help make boys feel happy and try to be a good role model for other students. I also help encourage my house to try their best to see if we can win the house shield this term.