My name is Sarah Kelly and I am delighted to be Senior Head Girl of Thornhill College.
For the past six years Thornhill has offered me a welcoming, nurturing and rewarding environment with an extensive, supportive network of excellent teaching and support staff, alongside pupils who have created such an enriching ambiance that has allowed me to blossom into the Thornhill Girl I am today.
I entered Year 8 facing not only the overwhelming prospect of the size of the school, but also discovering that I was the youngest within the year group. However, my fears were soon allayed by the welcoming induction processes. These included the Year 8 Summer Scheme and each Form class being designated a senior class counsellor and Junior class buddy to help all pupils to settle into the Thornhill community and the challenges of a Grammar school education.
In Thornhill we are fortunate to have highly qualified teaching staff, committed to each student’s academic success and pastoral development, fostering in them a love of learning and mutual respect. Their encouragement is supported by a range of modern classroom facilities, which create the best possible learning environment for every student.
In addition to academic study Thornhill offers each pupil a wide range of additional opportunities for self-development, nurturing and developing talents and relationships via excellent extra-curricular activities, irrespective of what her interests may be.
The Sisters of Mercy ethos is strongly embedded into the spiritual growth of each pupil in our school. The commitment of our teachers to the academic and pastoral development of each pupil echoes the challenge of the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, “to fit young women for Earth without unfitting them for Heaven”. Each Thornhill girl is instilled with attributes that ensure we leave our school as enthusiastic, hardworking young women ready to make a positive contribution to society.
I will always be grateful to Thornhill for providing me with tremendous opportunities for educational and personal development in a secure and supportive environment where I have been able to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. Thornhill is a unique school community which fosters not only academic success but an overpowering sense of school pride at the many traditions whole-school events, and such as the infamous Christmas.
Now in my final year, I am glad to be able to look back fondly at my 7 years at Thornhill and I am not only proud to represent my peers as Head Girl, but I will always be proud to be a Thornhill girl.
Head Girl 2018-19