BHS head girls on a mission
Newly elected Bermuda High School head girls Rachel Daly and Aoife Rynne are on a mission.
The 17-year-olds are charged with following through the ideals of Round Square International, the global leadership association, of which BHS is Bermuda’s only member school.
But it’s not all serious: both laugh easily, and Rachel is partial to strolling around with a ukulele.
They’re also something of a novelty.
Over the three years since student elections began, the precedent was for a boy-girl duo as dual head students.
“The way the system works, students have to vote for at least one girl,” Aoife, of Smith’s, explained. “After that, the next could be either a girl or a guy. It worked out as two girls.”
Rachel, from Devonshire, used a music video for her campaign.
Putting her message in a song was a tactic she used to run for democracy pillar leader in BHS. The Round Square ethos is grounded on six “pillars”: internationalism, democracy, environment, adventure, leadership and service — and each ideal has a student leader.
“This year I did the same thing,” she said. “I wrote a song, recorded myself playing it, and made a music video of me going around everyday life in the school so that people could see what sort of leader I am.”
The three-minute clip, entitled ‘A Daly Leader’, is up on YouTube.
Her aim, Rachel said, is to get more of the younger students taking charge at the school.
“I’m hoping for them to get involved so that when they get to the point where they can take positions, they are really good leaders. I’m also hoping to bring the pillars together more. Being the democracy pillar leader last year, I had help, but not as much as I could have. We need to work together to have the best leadership system that we can.”
Aoife added: “Like Rachel, I want our student executive to be more closely knit. Last year when I was deputy head, a lot of the pillars didn’t know what the others were doing. We’re trying to get them to merge into one. We also have some fundraising ideas that would benefit our school.”
The two hope to raise money for new lunch tables at BHS, she said — and also for the Round Square Student Fund.
Round Square schools promote student exchanges, and the programme is known for its international conferences and service projects — but travel costs money.
“I went to South Africa last year and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life,” Aoife said. “A lot of students don’t think they can afford to have that opportunity, so that’s one of our big initiatives.”
Their term of service for the IB1 students runs one year from March, into the coming academic year.
Useful website: www.roundsquare.org