Phoebe’s Interview

What was it like coming to CH and what were your impressions compared to life before CH? How did you adapt?

I started at CH in LE (Year 9) having wanted to join since my first open day three years prior. On my first day, my initial thought was that I was never going to find my way around the massive campus, and I felt completely overwhelmed by the vast red-brick buildings and sea of yellow socks. I grew to know and love the gorgeous campus and space that the students of CH were afforded, and I even grew to like the uniform, as most new students do. I was quickly struck by the kindness amongst the students and the sense of community within the school, making the transition into life at CH as easy as possible, and I will never forget the generosity shown to me by the girls in my boarding house as I settled in.

What activities have you enjoyed at CH and what have you accomplished in that department that you are proud of?

As most students at CH will tell you, the opportunities within the school are endless, in whatever field you are most interested in. I was lucky enough to be granted a music scholarship when I joined CH, and the music department really played a fundamental role for me during my time at CH, and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Chapel choir and the school band and big band, as well as some other smaller ensembles. Both music and sports allowed me to meet some of the amazing friends who really made my time at CH, and I will always treasure the experiences and memories I have gained from these activities

What are your future plans? How has being at CH helped you shape your ambitions and/or secure your university offer?

Next year I am taking up a Gap Student position in a choir school, to which I will take with me so many of the experiences and resources that CH has provided me with. I will be working in a boarding environment, and the boarding staff at CH have been such fantastic role models for me for the last five years that it is their example that I will be following in this new role.

What will you miss most and what are your happiest memories from CH?
I will definitely miss the sense of community throughout the school, and within that the wonderful boarding staff who always showed me so much kindness and compassion, and really made my time as a boarder at CH so enjoyable. Although I am at the end of my time at CH, and I will honestly miss every aspect of life here, I am comforted by the support that CH offer its leavers, and I have every confidence that the lessons and experiences the school has taught me will stay with me long after I leave, and I hope I can one day give back to CH for all that it has given to me.