It is an honour for me to be able to welcome all pupils and teachers, new and old back to the school for the start of what promises to be yet another exciting and successful year in the life of the school. To introduce myself, my name is Kodi Beveridge-Smith and as this year’s Captain of School I look forward to tackling my roles and responsibilities throughout this year, both challenging myself and improving the school.
Currently, I am studying History, Geography and English Literature with my overall target being to read History at Oxford University. Throughout my six years at QM, getting involved with the drama productions, the many foreign visits and by making Farchynys my second-home, has enabled me to grow as a person. Thus, I hope to be able to promote these fantastic opportunities to other pupils within the school so they can share in the pride of being a part of such a school.
The pinnacle of my school career will undoubtedly take place this year as aside from my duties as CoS, I will be leading the cross-country team and be taking up the role of Senior Cadet within the CCF’s Army section. The highlight of my time with QM so far came this summer, as I was able to spend six weeks in Canada in a once in a lifetime timetable of adventurous training.
With a new year comes new additions to the teaching team ensure QM continues to show academic excellence. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to the teachers that are departing for their outstanding service to the school.
It would seem that QM’s work is never done, not only was the CCF active this Summer, but a party of pupils from across the school spent the Summer in Borneo. These ambassadors climbed Kinabalu Mountain and took part in valuable charity work; giving back to the community they were welcomed by. In addition, Farchynys recently hosted an event welcoming old boys back and members of the QM community to launch the “Marians on the Mawddach” book written by Paul Walton. Through this, we are able to celebrate our heritage whilst looking forward to the future of being able to offer pupils the gold standard in outdoor education. Finally to add to this, A-level and GCSE results still continue to be impressive at QM proving that it is possible to be “all work and all play”.
For the latter part of last year, the new PSLT team took up the challenge of their new roles. Francesca Adams as Head Girl, Sam Shackleton, Pavandeep Josan, Bethan Withey-Tucker and Oliver Mills as Vice Captains and Ben Hopton teamed with Abazz Shayan-Smith head up the House System. Already, we have proven our ‘metal’ in the Year 6 open evening, which was an outstanding success. In addition, the 6th form induction event went down a storm with the new external sixth formers. With such an outstanding team around me, I am truly very excited for what the next year has in store.