New Captains of Monitors speak of pride and passion

On Thursday 9th June, Headmaster Mark Beard presented our two new Captains of Monitors, Xavi Mesquita and Minnat Mohammed, together with the Vice Captains of Monitors, Monitors, Deme Captains and Sixth Form Union Officers. Here, Xavi and Minnat discuss their roles, hopes, the application process and the value of student leadership posts.

Why apply and what does your appointment mean to you personally?

Minnat: I applied because UCS is a special place. I have enjoyed it in every sense. UCS offers us so much, not only grades but also holistic personal development. I want to contribute to and further develop this quality. I feel honoured to have been chosen and incredibly excited.

Xavi: I wanted to work in a team to best reflect and expand on the aspects of UCS of which we are proudest and also to reflect the views of the pupil body and make changes accordingly. Remembering the impact other monitors had on me was a factor. I feel privileged.

How are these roles key to the Sixth Form and UCS?

Minnat: The Sixth Form can benefit from these roles because new students, especially girls, start at 16+ and being innovative in ensuring they connect with pupils lower down the school helps create a cohesive community. By extension, I hope to connect with every area of UCS and learn what it means to every person.

Xavi: Everyone in the Monitors team and Sixth Form Union recognises the incredible opportunity they have to represent other pupils across the school. Personally, it’s a position where I can reflect the kind, tolerant and ambitious UCS atmosphere.

Xavi and Minnat’s full interview will appear in The Frognal’s summer edition.

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