"The 6th Form is the best aspect of being at Mary Hare, because you gain much more independence than you would normally get. However, there is a catch when you get this much independence, as it is up to you how much you work at your studies and ensuring you get a good balance of work and social life. I am able to go into Newbury town on a regular basis to buy some essentials for life in the 6th Form, or I can do some activities in my spare time, like socialising with my friends or doing volleyball. External trips are also offered in the 6th Form, as there are greater opportunities to do activities, like ice-skating, go-karting or even paintballing.
I have only been in this position for a couple of months, but I’m already finding it a challenging role with great rewards. I had to participate in a hustings and faced stiff competition in order to be elected as Head Boy, which I was very pleased about. I also do lunch duty and prep duty to help my younger peers with their homework. So far, the Prefect Team and I have organised the ‘Party in the Park’ event, which was unfortunately disrupted due to unforeseen thunderstorms! Nevertheless, it was a great success if you count how many people decided to slide down a muddy hill in the pouring rain! Apart from this, we are currently organising a glow-in-the-dark disco to celebrate the Youth Club’s 15th anniversary, as well as the Christmas party for the elderly and the Christmas entertainment for the school.
Mary Hare School is truly an outstanding centre of learning for deaf people from all walks of life, united by a passion to overcome the barriers that they face in order to realise their full potential. For me, my academic abilities and social life have significantly improved, for without Mary Hare, it is true to say that my life wouldn’t have changed for the better. After I leave Mary Hare, I am hoping to do a Law degree at university and go into Law. The skills that I have gained from my time here will prove undoubtedly useful in future careers; I would highly recommend this school to any person seeking to improve their social and academic skills."
"I can say that the life of 6th Form had exceeded my expectations, as within a few months, I had achieved things I had never planned to achieve, such as the position of Head Girl. The community made me feel supported and made me become a very ambitious person.
However, like every subjects, the amount of workload is staggering, and you have to be responsible for your independence in self-studying, which I do find difficult to be self-motivated about! I am sure that most students would agree that the workload is not the hardest part of Mary Hare, it would be waking up in the morning on time!
The position as Head Girl helps to keep me on my toes as I am continuously responsible for arranging events such as the Christmas party for the elderly, and ensuring that my Prefects Team are participating in their responsibilities properly (also, aiding them whenever possible), and supporting the peers and the staff at the school. The role of Head Girl has also enabled me to develop my leadership skills and to demonstrate a mature attitude towards study and the community.
I can say that following up from my previous experience in education, Mary Hare School is the best school out there for deaf students, as there is an incredible amount of support and opportunities for the deaf students to develop their confidence and independence. In my heart, I know if I hadn’t come here, I would not have had the opportunities to develop my confidence and independence, but most importantly - develop myself as a well-rounded individual with a sense of contentment and knowledge that I do have the ability to achieve that I want to achieve."
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