My name is Emma Boyle, I live in Linwood and have been appointed Head Girl at Linwood High School. I take great pride in standing up for myself and my peers, so this year I hope to improve Pupil Voice in Linwood High and I am looking forward to working with staff to move our school forward by creating exciting opportunities for all pupils through extra-curricular activities, such as sport and music (our most popular after school clubs). I think it is vital to have strong connections with other schools in Renfrewshire and the community of Linwood, which is why I will try my hardest to improve the links we have with our local residents, in the hope it will result in Linwood becoming a better-connected community.
After leaving school, I hope to go to university to study Business Management with Modern Languages, as these are two very great passions of mine, though I am not sure where I would like to go. Along with being Head Girl, I am a member of Linwood Youth Voice (LYV), which is a small group run by members of LYV to create opportunities and run various events for people our age in our community. I have gained my confidence from being Head Girl in my local drama group, L.A.D.D.S. (Linwood Area of Dance, Drama and Song), starring in many shows across 7 years.
I can honestly say I will miss Linwood High when I leave, and I am honoured to finish my successful time here as Head Girl. Being a pupil at Linwood High has given me the motivation to achieve things that I never would have thought I could. Even though I will be very busy this year, I am confident the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead will make my last year at Linwood the best ever!
My name is Nathan McCuaig. I live in Linwood and Paisley, and have been coming to Linwood High School for the past six years, I have now been appointed the role of Head Boy which I think is the perfect way to finish my school career. I hope to address the stigma that surrounds 6th year pupils, to show that we are hard workers and that we are not here just to laze about. I mainly want to improve communication in the school, with teachers and students. This year we have a new Head Teacher, and like her, the 6th year leadership team and I are very excited about what lies ahead.
This year I am focusing on my creative subjects, as these I feel are the subjects I thrive in most, they allow me to use my freedom of expression and are labour intensive, just what I like in a subject. I chaired Linwood Youth Voice from 2014 – 2017, giving up the position to focus on my subjects and my role as Head Boy, however I still remain a very active member of the group. We have already run multiple events for the local community focusing on mental health, as the group and I find this a very important subject in the current social climate. I have also completed my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, which I found challenging, which was great as I love a challenge and getting to use practical skills. This year, I have been nominated for an award for all my volunteering hours I have done over the past year – 325 to be exact – showing I have determination and grit.
When I leave school, my dream is to work in the film industry. That industry is all about tenacity and grit, which I think this role as Head Boy will give me. I hope to study at a film school, to gain the right qualifications and have the right talent to be accepted. One day, I hope to be directing the next cult classic like The Breakfast Club or Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. One thing is for sure, with the role of Head Boy, and the level of subjects I’m taking this year I cannot afford to have a day off like Ferris.