Protecting the environment,
playing with sound,
mastering stick skills
“It’s hugely important to preserve endangered animals for the future of our planet.”
I wish to pursue a career in marine biology and I am especially interested in working for the Marine Conservation Society to help protect turtles in the Caribbean. I am studying GCSE Separate Science, and recently completed a research project in evolution which helped me learn research skills, which I have applied to my own personal study. I am also part of Eureka!, a fortnightly activity for top academics, where we participate in tasks such as problem-solving and brain puzzles. Also as part of academic enrichment, I have attended lectures by visiting speakers, a lecture I found particularly interesting was by Mandy Saligari on mental resilience.
The trumpet is a powerful instrument which lends itself to a variety of styles. I have been delighted to perform in the orchestra, brass ensemble and jazz band. The atmosphere in the Music Department is both friendly and welcoming. I play the trumpet at grade 6 level, and this year I was entered into Millfield’s Musician of the Year competition, where I played George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ to win the grade 5-6 category. I have used the exceptional facilities in the Music Department to compose music for my GCSE. In addition to the trumpet, I sing in our chamber choir, the Camerata, twice a week. We perform in numerous concerts at home and abroad; our last performance was in Venice.
“I enjoy the variety of styles the instrument lends itself to, and have been delighted to perform in the orchestra, brass ensemble and jazz band.”
“As well as the great experience of playing in teams, I’ve really benefited from my one-to-one skill coaching and regular strength and conditioning sessions.”
Ever since I first picked up a hockey stick at age seven, I have loved the game, the challenge of mastering new hockey skills, and playing in a team. In Year 9 we toured Holland which was an unforgettable experience, and showed us at an early stage what the competition was like at the highest level. As well as the great experience of playing in teams, I’ve really benefited from my one-to-one skill coaching and regular strength and conditioning sessions. My highlights so far include competing in the Indoor Nationals for the U16 team, playing my first matches for the 1st XI and being selected for the England U16 hockey team. Playing for England means that I participate in a training camp every three weeks. In addition to hockey, I am heavily involved in other sports; I have cricket training twice a week, and ride my horse six times a week. The teaching staff are very supportive, and when I have a busy week they always help with work that I may have missed.