Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The official student newspaper of Methodist Ladies' College

2021 Senior prefect Riya Fordyce and Head of Houses Suzy Dingle on their vision for the coming year and how they’re staying motivated

An interview with Riya Fordyce, 2021 Senior Prefect

What does your role as senior prefect entail?
The rest of the executive and I meet with Dr Bailey Smith once a week and start up initiatives for the whole school. I guess you could say our role is more school wide rather than focusing on a specific area like portfolio prefects would.
What is your vision for 2021?
We’re going to focus more on bonding between year levels and fostering a sense of community in the school. We found that our current definition of community at the moment is a bit constrained to who is in your house, or how the school is split up, such as Junior Secondary School, Middle School or Senior School – and instead we want to widen this to more of a whole school community.

What’s a cause or issue that’s important to you?
There are lots, but I would say at the moment I’m quite interested in the refugee crisis, especially considering Covid-19 at the moment and the socio-economic impacts the world is facing right now. Being a member of green team, I care a lot about what is happening with the environment and I think it’s critical that we start taking active steps to be sustainable.

What is the first thing you plan to do as an Executive?
It’s still a bit unclear but probably something to help build friendships across year levels through clubs and classes.
What’s your favourite TV show/movie?
I don’t really have a favourite TV show, but my favourite movie is “10 Things I Hate About You” (would highly recommend if you guys haven’t seen it yet – there’s this great scene where Heath Ledger sings… [laughs] I’m a hopeless romantic!

What’s the last book you read?
The Yield by Tara June Winch

What’s keeping you motivated at the moment?
I think that being back at school and being able to see people again is keeping me motivated. Also, the fact summer is quickly approaching.

What new thing did you learn in quarantine?
I learned how to sew, and I’ve been sewing a shirt from scratch.

What has been your biggest challenge this year?
Probably staying focussed, and time management, especially during home schooling.

What is your favourite subject at the moment and why?
History–I just really like the content

What’s your go to activity to destress?
At the moment it’s Yoga, but I’ve also found that going on walks or reading, or simply lying on my bed has all helped me destress a little.

An interview with Suzy Dingle, 2021 Head of houses

What does your role as Head of Houses entail?
As you can probably imagine, a big part of Head of Houses is assisting in running and organising the major house events for the year such as House Athletics or House Cheerleading. However, I’m also lucky enough to get to work with the amazing Prefect Executive and SSL team to develop and grow group initiatives in other areas of the school. But on a day to day basis, mostly just smiling, being friendly, and participating in all things house!

What is your vision for 2021?
First and foremost, I think it’s really important that I do what I can in my position to help out where I can as all students return to school and emphasise the importance of resilience and adaptability as we all make this big change.

What’s a cause or issue that’s important to you?
An issue that’s important to me is definitely mental health, so I’m hopeful and excited to be able to implement change concerning MLC’s approach to students’ mental health and wellbeing.

If you could change one thing at MLC what would you change?
I would increase collaboration and communication between year levels. We are blessed to be able to go to a school filled with so many students from various backgrounds and I feel as though perhaps this asset is not being taken advantage of to its fullest potential so hopefully through various initiatives next year this can take a turn for the better!

What’s your favourite TV show/movie?
Ooh… I’ve got to go with the classic K-drama “Descendants of the Sun” – its intensity and love story just cannot be matched. In a close second place I absolutely love “Reply 1988” – it’s definitely a marathon rather than a sprint or quick binge watch but it revolutionises your appreciation for your family and the people close to you (I cried way too much :D).

What’s keeping you motivated at the moment?
These days I’ve found that by keeping my workspace organised and tidy keeps me motivated – it’s like ‘wow it looks like my life is put together maybe I should actually put it together’.

What new thing did you learn in quarantine?
I learnt how to make kimchi from my mum!

What has been your biggest challenge this year?
My biggest challenge this year has definitely been adjusting to online school. Although the sleep-ins have been great, the motivation did take a plunge but I learnt a lot about discipline and self-management across both quarantines!

What is your favourite subject at the moment?
Maths methods – more specifically, I’m excited to finish off the course this year! 😀


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