6:30 - Wake up, get breakfast and pack my school bags before getting the coach to school.
8:45 - Following a brief catch up with the Headmistress and my co-Head Girl Mia, we head to Assembly, where a Dr Puech, Head of Physics, shares her story of running the marathon and how she learnt to stop comparing herself to others and celebrate her achievements. Girls from Year 7 to 13 report on the activities of the past week.
10:25 - After an hour of Latin exploring unpredictable Catullus poems, I head to the Common Room for some hot chocolate with toast, a highly anticipated part of my daily routine. Then, I join other Sixth Formers to chat, before moving to my next lesson: Mechanics in Maths. It is very different from my other lessons as I never know what new, memorable analogy my class will come up with to help us retain new information!
12:00 - Next, my year comes together for SCOPE – the St Catherine’s Ongoing Programme of Enrichment. This term we have attended lectures about university applications and how to become the most resilient version of you.
1:00 - Lunchtime means a rush to avoid the queues. Next, I head to ‘Babble & Biscuits’ with the Year 7 girls to provide informal support to them as they settle into School life, try new clubs and navigate new subjects, before heading to the fitness suite for my weekly workout.
2:15 - My afternoon lesson is history, where I learn about the Tudors and all the misconceptions I’ve believed about Henry VIII since my childhood.
4:30 - Time for Technical Theatre Club! Whether it's planning and preparing for the next school production or just programming lighting and sound for our upcoming musical Annie, there is always plenty of laughter.
6:30 - I catch the late coach home and unwind with my family before completing my homework, along with some wider reading before turning in for a long sleep.
7.30 - On a Monday morning I am awoken by my alarm, and I start my day by walking to breakfast from the boarding house and then on returning I make an iced caramel coffee in the common room which is busy with girls getting ready for the day.
8.45- Following a brief catch up with Headmistress and my co-head girl Danai, we then walk into assembly to take our seats at the front. Generally, the Assembly is split into two parts: the first being a current affairs topic normally presented by our Headmistress, followed by presentations given by students from all year groups about activities or achievements in the past week.
10:25- After an hour of chemistry, learning about how matter behaves at the smallest level and trying my best not to spill any acids on the bench. I head to the Common Room, which is in The Six, my boarding house, for some toast and a trip to my snack drawer in my bedroom (which my friends love to raid!) Then we have a much needed catch up after the weekend, before going into my next lesson which is Psychology. This is not one of my A-levels but a subject I take to broaden my knowledge outside of my normal curriculum.
12:00 - Next, I have a production meeting for the musical: Annie in one of my free periods. This is our Lower 6th musical which is directed, choreographed and delivered solely by us. No teachers involved! I am directing it with two other girls in my year. We discuss ideas for the musical and specifically casting and auditions.
12:45- It is a privilege to be able to go to lunch 15 minutes early as Sixth Former - essentially this means no queue! I spend the rest of my lunchtime playing lacrosse and then relaxing in The 6 with my friends.
2:15- After lunch I have triple Drama - which I love because I get to express myself in a way that I can’t in other subjects and let my creativity juices flow.
4:30- After registration, I rush over to the Prep School to volunteer at Cat Club, which is after school care for the younger girls. In this time, I play games, draw or make mud pies with the younger girls. I enjoy doing this for an hour before returning to school for Cantores, which is a senior choir run by Mr Greenfield who surprises us with new warm up exercises every week before going over repertoire for upcoming concerts.
6:30- I have dinner in the dining hall and then do my homework, go to the gym, or practice my singing for grade 8 before roll call. My roommate and I unwind and go to sleep to be ready for the next full day ahead.