Silvana’s Interview

I joined the School in Second Form/Year 7 and after seven years, I can say it’s been a life-changing experience.

I heard about CH from a teacher at Broadfield East Junior School in Crawley, who thought I would be a good candidate. My parents had more concerns about boarding school than I did and it wasn’t an easy decision for them, as it was something nobody in my family had experience of. But I settled in quickly and adapted to life at CH. In the early years, my mum would always find an excuse to drop something in for me on a Sunday!

One of the best things about CH is that you make friends from all over the world. I moved to England from Romania when I was four years old but still return most years, when possible, as the country is an important part of my identity. I was born in Alba Lulia, a historic part of Transylvania. The region is popular because of tourist attractions like Dracula’s Bran Castle. Romania is a beautiful country and I would recommend a visit.

Sport has been a big part of my CH journey. I focused on hockey and netball but also enjoyed swimming and tennis. Sport presents you with a chance to meet people from different year groups and it’s that sense of community I’ll miss more than anything. I’ll miss Chapel too. The Leavers’ Service is especially emotional as everyone sings with such passion. When the whole School sings the final hymn, it’s very powerful and you appreciate how lucky you are to be in such a beautiful place.

Leavers often go abroad, before heading to university. Unfortunately, we can’t easily do that because of Covid. So, I plan to work over the summer and save money, before studying PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) at Warwick. I don’t have a career plan yet, but I’m not too concerned. I’m confident CH has put me on the right path.