School Life

A Day in the Life of a Southfield Sixth

On a normal day I arrive at school for about 8.00 am. Lessons or chapel start at 8.25am, so there is time for me to get everything sorted out before I have to leave the house.

Two mornings a week I have Arnold Singers, which means that I have to be there for 8.10am ready to sing. On a normal Thursday, I will have lessons in the morning and then lunch. In the afternoon, I go to a local primary school to teach Latin to teach year five and six pupils. It is quite difficult sometimes, but they are all good fun and we have a great time, even though it can be exhausting! This is a part of the social service that every pupil has to do on a Thursday afternoon. I normally arrive back in the House by 4.20pm, when I have time for a cup of tea and some prep before heading off to my singing lesson at 5.30pm.

This Thursday was slightly unusual, as rather than going back to the House and working after my singing lesson, I had to give a presentation about women in Greek tragedy as part of my Extended Project, which is one of my A Level options. Every Thursday night this term I have been attending classes run by three members of the English department where we have been studying James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. These are voluntary sessions, but as I am doing Latin, English, History and Greek for A Level, I find them very relevant, and it has helped me to make my way through what is considered one of the most complex books in the English language. These finish at 9pm, so then I make my way home and either watch television or do some last minute work before going to bed.

At Rugby there is so much to get involved in, and there is equal opportunity for both day pupils and boarders to try everything. This year I have played for the IVth teams in both hockey and netball, and in the summer term I am involved in sailing, competing in various national and regional championships around the country as a member of the team. It is not just the sport that we are encouraged to get involved in: there are all kinds of musical ensembles for everything from the flute to the viola, as well as several choirs.

For the more theatrically minded, every year there is a play or musical put on, something which many of us in Southfield were a part of this year. The Arts Festival in the summer term aims to get as many pupils involved in acting and performing as possible, and already we are thinking about musicals, plays and workshops to be arranged for then.

There is also a wide range of societies that I am able to attend as part of my A Level courses, including English, Philosophy and Arnold Society, which is related to Classics. These societies are in the evenings, but it is easy for day pupils to attend them, as the House will stay open until they start, so there is somewhere we can work. The best thing about Southfield is that we all get on well, not just in the House, but outside it as well. If someone in the XX sees a member of the F-Block walking down the road on their own, we will stop and say hello to them. The inter-House events, such as sports and the House play, help to bring us together as a unit, and people always comment on how friendly the atmosphere is in Southfield when they come to visit.