Luna and Maria, joint Head Girls of Queens Gate School in South Kensington, talk us through a day in their lives

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Luna, joint Head Girl at Queens Gate

06:00
Wake up, get dressed, pack my lunch (soup today) and walk to school.

07:00
Arrive at school for Cross Country club in Hyde Park. I’m definitely not among the fastest (about 10 minutes in to the session my younger sister is about to overtake me for the second time) but it’s a great excuse to run with the ‘littluns’ in the Junior School and count some time towards my Physical section for DofE.

8:35
Registration and assembly. Fingers crossed we get to sing the ultimate bop, the Harvest Samba (which most definitely isn’t limited to Harvest time).

10:15
Break now. After a quick snack it’s off to Mythology Club to guide the year 8s making papier mâché vases. Extremely messy but lots of fun.

11:00
Time for Ancient Greek, jumping down a strange loophole of Ancient Philosophy and gradually memorising the extensive lists of participles.

13:00
Lunchtime! After finishing my soup it’s time to chair Model United Nations Club. I’m sure we, a collection of over-enthusiastic teenagers, will resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict one of these lunchtimes. Surely it can’t be that hard?

14:30
Afternoon rehearsals for the Remove (y7) showcase. I know all the words to their songs now and am trying hard to stop myself singing along and embarrassing myself.

16:15
Time to head home. Quick snack, then I’ll make a start on my homework before making dinner and then a little more homework.

21:30
Start winding down and get some sleep. Another big day in store tomorrow!

“I’m sure we, a collection of over-enthusiastic teenagers, will resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict one of these lunchtimes. Surely it can’t be that hard?”

Maria

Day in the life: Joint Head Girls of Queens Gate School
Maria, joint Head Girl of Queens Gate School

06:00

I’m not usually awake so early, but once I’m up, I get ready as fast as I can and meet a friend to walk to school with.

07:00

I start off the day with a relaxing session of early morning yoga where my absolute lack of flexibility becomes apparent to all my friends.

8:35

We all go up to the dining room for breakfast and I head over to a Chamber Choir rehearsal.

10:15

First Break is usually my only fully free moment at school, so I just spend it in our classroom chatting.

11:00

Now it’s time for Chemistry; we’re synthesising aspirin from salicylic acid today!

13:00

I quickly go out to South Ken with friends to grab some lunch, and then rush back to school just in time to run Year 7 STEM Club, where we’re making balloon cars and doing thermite decomposition demonstration.

14:30

Down to the Hall for our weekly Wider World lectures, with a special guest revealing the secrets to their success. Then it’s off to RS for a debate about what makes us morally responsible and how this affects the law.

16:15

I head over to the Junior School for a rehearsal of their musical, Aladdin. Then I go home, finish my homework, practise the piano and have dinner.

21:30

I’ve hopefully finished everything I need to do, so I go to the living room and watch whatever police drama my mum is in to at the moment.

This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 issue of Absolutely Education

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