My name is Emily Wallace and I am in year 13.
Now that my time at school is drawing to a close, and I prepare to embark on my next adventure at university, I am able to reflect upon my experiences over the past 17 years, and what they have taught me.
When I left Town Close, I was gutted. For me, it was like leaving a family behind and I think that’s what made it such an amazing place to grow up. This small, compassionate community is where the importance of hard work, confidence and kindness, were first introduced to me. These attributes have proven to be invaluable, and I am convinced that I would not be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the 9 unforgettable years I spent here.
Moving on was certainly daunting, but I couldn’t have wished for a better place to continue my education, than Norwich School. After 5 years, it has become such an enormous part of my life, providing me with unforgettable memories and incredible experiences. I have been given the opportunities to develop my character, participate in activities I love, and achieve things I never believed I could. Throughout my time at Norwich School, I have enjoyed daily assemblies in the stunning cathedral, attended the trip of a lifetime to Iceland, performed in countless productions, and this year was selected to lead a group of 120 pupils, as Head of House. Acting as a role model for so many of my peers is a tremendous responsibility, but even after just 10 weeks, it has taught me some invaluable lessons, and I have loved every minute of it.
Growing up, dance has been a big part of my life. I had my first ballet lesson at the age of 2 and have continued to dance outside school ever since. I have always loved the freedom and joy that dance presents me with, and more recently, it has become an excellent way for me to escape the increasing workload and pressures of A-Levels. At Norwich School, I have been able to extend my love for dance to within the school environment. Whether in dance festivals, workshops, gala nights, musicals such as Chicago and Fame, or even assemblies in the cathedral, I have had numerous opportunities to perform and share my passion with the school community. For this, I am incredibly grateful, and I will certainly look back on these experiences with fond memories."
Emily's blog was taken from a speech she gave at an assembly in November 2019 to pupils at Town Close School.