Student leaders appointed as college prefects

Over eighty Year 10 Newton Abbot College students have been awarded their prefectship for the academic year 2019/2020. 

Following an extended application process that included formal letters of application, peer-to-peer interviews and observed group tasks and presentation works, successful candidates were chosen following rigorous scrutiny of personal performance. Held over a number of weeks and overseen by the College’s Deputy Principal, Lesley Ring, the appointments will see the new prefect cohort assume the duties of the current Year 11 prefects, who have been retired from their duties to focus on their upcoming GCSE examinations. 

The newly appointed Year 10 prefect body
The newly appointed Year 10 prefect body
Throughout their prefect appointment, students are expected to carry out a number of formal duties both inside the College and in the wider community. Reinforcement of good behaviour and role modelling is expected, along with representing the College during open days, running lunchtime and afterschool clubs, greeting students in the morning on their way into College and representing the College at formal functions in the local community throughout the year.

Students received their official ties and prefect badges during a series of house awards assemblies held throughout the week. Assistant Principal, Lesley Ring, said of the process: “Once again the Year 10 students who applied for prefect status this year did themselves proud. Letters were well written and were carefully crafted to meet the criteria and references were impeccable. The Year 11 Prefects who conducted the interviews were blown away by the quality of answers to the interview questions. The observed task and presentations were professionally completed and the ideas which came out of them (they were on the theme of teenage mental health) will form the basis of the new Prefect team’s action plan. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing team of Year 11 prefects who I have seen grow into the role as the year has progressed. They have taken the responsibilities and opportunities the role has given them and used them to grow in confidence. I wish the new Year 10 team well and I set them the challenge to try to outdo the outgoing team!”

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