College – Issue 41

BOARDING Henry drives the culture of change

deputy Head of Choir, a Big Band member, Drama productions and House Music, plus sport and his own academic programme. And he has never taken his eye off his goals. “I’m really pleased that I have achieved that first goal with the establishment of the Boarding Committee,” he says. “This has been successful in getting opinions for how the boarding experience can be improved. It’s great to hear what the boys have to say and get other voices, instead of just my own, on how the boarding experience can be improved. “The second goal has proved more challenging. I have been trying to work out how I can initiate a bit of a culture change – and the plans I did have, have had a spanner thrown in the works from Covid-19. However,

in the meantime, I have been talking to staff for ideas.” Henry says he has been trying to set a good example by calling out behaviour and language that is no longer acceptable by today’s standards in regards to racism and homophobia. “There is a general effort from the school and my Prefect cohort in general to progress on these fronts, so to a great extent the attitudes of the boys are already changing, which makes me very happy personally. I’m sure the Head of Boarding and the Prefect group following me will support this trend continuing, and take positive steps towards this goal.” He says compared to when he started at College, the boarding Houses have become more positive environments.

Head of Boarding Henry Briscoe takes heart that his two main goals for 2021 are on target, intact and still viable – despite the disruption of a Covid-19 lockdown, and the dislocation of Term 3. “There have been some real challenges, but the two goals I had for this year have both been progressed, to a greater or lesser degree,” he says. “I wanted to improve the student voice and I wanted to try to encourage wellbeing and create more accepting progressive attitudes within the boarding Houses – to initiate a culture change within the Houses.” With boarders across three Houses looking to Henry for leadership, he took the responsibility in his stride, coping with boarding matters, along with his role as

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