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Meet Praneeth and Rosie, our Head Prefects for 2024-2025!

What would you like to achieve as Head Prefect?

Praneeth: I would like to inspire the younger students to aspire in whatever they’re interested in. As Head Prefect, I want to be able to increase the number of opportunities available to students to further enrich their sport, their academia, their hobbies. Tiffin is such a diverse community with a lot of talent and dedication; I want to focus on how best I can support them, so they can thrive even more.

Rosie: I would like to create a school community that is inclusive and supportive of all students no matter their interests. This school places a large focus on academia and particularly STEM subjects, but I’d love to further expand opportunities in sport, humanities, arts etc. I also want to create a really welcoming atmosphere for the new Y7s and Y12s joining in September as starting a new school can be a very intimidating experience.

What advice would you give to new students starting at Tiffin?

P: Firstly, get involved! We have so many amazing clubs and societies, and they’re a really good way to learn about all the different hobbies and interests you may have. There is a big ‘start-up’ culture here, so if there is no club for something you are interested in, you are fully supported in setting it up yourself! It’s one of the best things about being at Tiffin. These clubs and societies also give you a great opportunity to make friends that last, so I cannot recommend them highly enough. Take it easy, and enjoy your time here – whether it be 2 years, 5 years, or 7!

R: Try not to stress too much. I think there is an idea that because Tiffin has such high recognition when it comes to academics and grades, it is easy to feel like you need to constantly be working to live up to the expectation, but in reality the things you do outside of lessons are just as important. I would also recommend focussing on meeting new people at the start which is where extracurriculars can be useful to meet a range of different people who could become your best friends.

What are you most looking forward to in your role?

P: Meeting every student, existing and prospective! It’s always a pleasure to talk to all of them and talk about their experiences at Tiffin and elsewhere. I’m also looking forward to working with Rosie as Head Prefects, and with the Deputy Head Prefects, in order to organise all the big events coming up in the next year. It’s going to be a challenge, but a delightful one, and made even easier by the fact that I am supported by such amazing people.

R: I’m most excited to be in such a strong position to make changes and improvements within the school. Praneeth and I, as well as the rest of the DHP team, already have ideas we want to implement and it’s amazing to be in a role where we can actually make that impact we want to see.

What extracurricular activities do you take part in?

P: I have been part of the Kingston and Richmond Youth Council since Year 7, and now I represent Kingston on a national level as a Member of Youth Parliament. This has been a very important part of my life, as helping young people in both boroughs allowed me to gain empathy for people’s problems, but also the opportunity to solve and alleviate them – which is an empowering experience. In my free time, I love to go for a walk in nature and just catch my bearings.

R: I have played rugby outside of school for years, although Year 12 has been the first time I’ve been able to play at school which has been amazing. I love just being able to play on a team with my friends from school, especially at the Rosslyn Park 7s tournament which was a highlight of the year. I’ve also started learning Mandarin at school this year which has been fun, albeit extremely challenging.

Do you have a favourite Tiffin memory?

R: Mine would have to be the rugby tour to Bristol. Although the Fishettes suffered quite a battering in both games, we had a lot of fun as a team, and the team dinner was a hilarious evening of mock court cases and ridiculous forfeits.