The first international Head of College, Sergey Zaprudin, reflects on his time at Wycliffe as he embarks on his final year.
I joined in Year 9 after spending two weeks at a Summer School, at Wycliffe. I thought School would be just focused academic study and that it would be really strict. I had no idea just how much there was to get involved in such as Drama, a huge variety of sports and Combined Cadet Force – none of these were available at my previous school. In my first year I was awarded a prize for the best Year 9 cadet and I still enjoy being part of CCF today.
For me Wycliffe is a place of opportunity, where you can study a huge range of subjects – I am taking A Levels in Economics, Politics, Maths and Drama – and you can take part in lots of extra-curricular activities. I particularly loved being part of our School play, Made in Dagenham where I played the part of Sam. Sibly Hall, our Drama Hall, is probably my favourite place!
My Housemaster, Mr Golightly, has been there for me since my very first day. He has helped me to see and understand the importance of participation. The fact that no-one will judge you for giving something a go and not succeeding, it’s the trying that is important. He made me realise that putting myself forward for things was a great way to stop feeling homesick, to find new friends and to learn a lot about myself. Most of my achievements would not have been possible without the support from my Housemaster and his team. Being made Head of College, the first International student, was a shock and a surprise and I am grateful for this opportunity to work with a great team of prefects.
My House, Ward’s, has been a special part of my time here. It is where I enjoy spending times with my friends who have come from across the world and we all feel the same about the House. In our weekly meetings we wear our green ties and share the values of our House. The most important thing for me and my year group is to hand-on the traditions of Ward’s to the younger pupils and to ensure they understand the importance of keeping the house spirit alive!