Rugby Player - Castres Olympique
1. What was your school like?
Wellington College, Berkshire. Not in a busy area and the entire school within it's own grounds. Fully co-ed now but when I was there it was just boys from ages 13-16 and then about 60 girls in the sixth form. I was at an all boys school before from ages 8-13 called Lambrook School. Boarded at both.
2. What is your favourite memory of school?
I have many happy memories of laughing endlessly with my friends in our boarding house or during meals. I also have fond memories of regularly winning on the rugby field :)
3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?
From a career point of view, the schools sporting facilities and my involvement in sport regularly, had a considerable benefit to my professional rugby career. It also gave me confidence in myself by achieving respect of my piers.
4. Were you bullied at school? If so how did you overcome this?
Fortunately, I wasn't bullied at school and I was not aware of it taking place around me.
5. What was your favourite school subject?
My favourite subjects were generally the same as my favourite teachers. P.E and Biology and also Classical Civilisation probably top the others.
6. What did you look forward to when you went back to school after the holidays? What advice would you give to young people who are going back to school after the holidays?
I looked forward to seeing all my friends, talking about our holidays and getting ready to play together on whatever sports team it was that term. My advice to young people returning to school is to accept that the sadness of the holidays being over and the end of fun with parents or pet for example, is ok, it's natural to feel that way. The best thing to do is focus on what you are looking forward to back at school, even if it's just a small thing. Also, give yourself a small goal to achieve, that way you'll have something to work towards that only you know about.
7. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?
I worried about not wanting to do school work. I just wanted to play sports and mess around with my friends. I knew though that I wouldn't be able to do fun things if I wasn't learning in class and doing well. To overcome this worry, I gave myself small goals. I would set a goal that all of my teachers had to tell me I was doing well in their subject by the end of each term. Just like in sports, I loved when my coach was happy with how I was playing, I wanted the same from my teachers in class. It was hard, and I didn't always please the teachers, but I had that goal to focus on!
8. What was your favourite school meal?
A full roast! Roast beef, crispy potatoes, vegetables (preferably carrots & broccoli), yorkshire pudding (always tried for two), and lots of gravy! Yumm.
9. If you had to go back to school again what would you change?
I would try to get homework done as soon as possible!! I used to leave everything till the last minute and then stress about getting it done with the deadline so close (usually staying up all night the night before it needed to be handed in!). If I had two weeks to complete something, I would have tried to complete it within one week. This would have saved a lot of stress and allowed me a bit more sleep :)
10. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school because of bullying issues?
No intelligent confident school boy supports bullying. If I had bullying issues and I didn't want to firstly tell a teacher about it in case I was called a tell tell or whatever the idiots call it these days, I would try to find a fellow pupil in the same year or older to help. Express your concerns to that individual and ask for support. If anyone who was struggling came to me and asked for support when I was at school, I would of been happy to help. You can go together in a safe environment to discuss with the bully why he/she is behaving the way he/she is.
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