Meet the Prefect

Meet the Prefect

This week, we get to know more about Benjamin Wood (U6, NH), Head of Newick House.

  • What A Levels are you taking and what thoughts do you have for the future?

I am currently taking German, Business Studies and Geography with the hope of studying Business Management at Exeter University after my gap year. Looking further ahead, I'd like to see myself becoming a commercial aviation pilot or potentially joining the British Army. 

  • What made you want to be a College Prefect?

There were various thoughts that led to my applying to be a College Prefect and Head of Newick House. Both my father and my uncle were in Newick House, and my uncle was lucky enough to be Head of House in 1979. I remember thinking as a Third Former that I’d like to follow in his footsteps. Newick House, its people and its spirit, has been at the heart of my College life. I think most of all I just wanted to give something back to the place and the community which have been my home from home as I have grown up. 

  • How has being a Prefect helped your leadership skills?

I feel as if I am constantly learning how to be a better leader. I think friendships are very important. Friends can support you in every aspect of your role. I think the quote "A leader is one who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way" from John Maxwell is very inspiring. Being a Prefect has given me the chance to try to live up to this description.

  • What is your favourite meal at College?

It would have to be the Chimichangas in Valens.

  • If you could make one new rule for College what would it be?

I would say that there should be at least half an hour’s rest in the afternoon every day during which no use of laptops or phones would be permitted – so everyone could either relax and read or simply catch up on rest. We had 'rest' at my old school in Kenya every day, and it genuinely helped keep energy levels up. 

  • What will you miss most about College?

There will be lots of things that I will miss about College. I've had many memorable and enjoyable moments that will stay with me for years to come. However, I think I will miss the shared opportunities and my time in Newick House the most. 

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