Senior Prefects 2016/17

A newly appointed Head Boy, who hopes to study history at Oxford, aims to inspire his peers to expand their horizons and work hard to achieve their goals.

Joe, this year’s senior prefect at Monmouth School for Boys, is hoping to pass on his love of softball to younger pupils and encourage them to get involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible.

The 17-year-old, who joined the School in Form I, said: “I think a good Head Boy must be approachable, a good ambassador of the School and able to socialise and communicate with parents, governors, teachers and pupils alike.”

Joe, who achieved nine A*s and an A at GCSE level, is studying history, English and economics at A level.

He believes taking part in sport and the arts is also a very important part of school life – especially having won Monmouth’s Got Talent in 2014.

He added: “I would like to inspire the younger years to aim high and work hard to achieve their goals. I would also like to inspire them to engage in as many extracurricular activities as they can (this has always been a personal goal, involving drama, music, sport and academics). “In particular, I would like to get more of the younger years to participate in minor sports, such as softball. Essentially I would like people to try something new, in order to break the quotidian.

“I play for the School softball team. The main reason I chose to play this sport is the camaraderie and team spirit, I find that I always look forward to training and matches. It has also presented me with the opportunity to train with the U19 GB team, with scope for me to play in the 2017 European Championships.”

Rhys and Dan, both 17, will support Joe as Deputy Head Boys.

Dan, who gained nine A*s and an A at GCSE level, is taking maths, French, German and economics at A level and hopes to study at Durham or Exeter next year.

The sporty pupil, who has played for the first teams in rugby, football and cricket, enjoys competing, winning and being part of a tight-knit squad.

He also played a crucial role in leading last year’s Young Enterprise team to victory in the Welsh round of the competition.

As managing director of the group’s discount card business, Blue Resolution, Dan was thrilled when the scheme was listed in the UK’s top 14 Young Enterprise companies from 2,000 entries nationwide.

The Head of Hereford House, who recently returned from the joint schools’ expedition to India, said: “It’s important for a Deputy Head Boy to be a role model for younger years and be recognisable to them so we are able to act as a bridge between teachers, pupils, the sixth form and the rest of the School.”

Rhys Williams, who joined Monmouth at sixth form, is studying history, economics and biology at A level and hopes to go on to Cambridge to read history.

He said: “I think the qualities which make a good Deputy Head Boy are genuine enthusiasm, persistence, self-belief and a strong sense of maturity in order to be able to make the right decision even when facing great adversity.

“My responsibilities are to be innovative, transparent and consistent in working as hard and be as passionate as the first day of term to the last in order to represent Monmouth School and make it a better place for all.

“I would love to spread Monmouth’s already impressive reputation and see greater links between different communities, but most importantly, I think, is to work together as a team of Heads of School, senior prefects and the entire year group to say we have made a real contribution to Monmouth School.”

The highlights of Rhys’ school career so far include being one of three boys to face HMSG pupils in a debate over adversarial politics, chaired by Monmouth MP David Davies.

He added: “When I first came to Monmouth I tried out for the sports scholarship in rugby but unfortunately suffered a shoulder injury which saw me out for the season, so I decided instead to try my hand at rowing for the first time.

“The training was a seriously enjoyable way to maintain a good level of fitness. Despite certainly not being a natural rower, I received great help from everyone at the boat house and it was a wonderful experience to attempt a completely new sport. However, I am looking forward to getting back on the rugby field next season as I believe there is no team sport quite like it.”