With the planning of our Open Evening under way and the first of our university applications being sent off, there is an air of change this week at Invicta.Â
With the planning of our Open Evening under way and the first of our university applications being sent off, there is an air of change this week at Invicta.Despite having spent the past few days frantically finalising my university applications, it was still a shock to the system receiving various emails from the universities, confirming I have applied to study there. Each one signifies the potential beginning of a new era.
At the beginning of the week, I made the long journey up to Scotland to visit St Andrews. The town was idyllic - so rich in history and alive with student excitement and intellectual curiosity. I can imagine what an incredible four years could be ahead of me if I am offered a place there. I also realise it might mean that I am travelling a long way from home; away from my friends, to take up the opportunity. Reflecting on this type of choice, makes it clear that this is truly a transitional moment.
My mum and I have had a lot of fun travelling up and down the country exploring about a dozen universities that offer the choice of degree I am interested in. I have had the privilege of being choosy about where I can see myself living and learning. My friends have been doing the same.
As Invicta students, we are incredibly lucky that we have been given the academic nurturing that means we can access the wealth of universities open to us in the UK.
I have also reflected on how fortunate we are to live in a country, where not only is education a priority, access to education is a fundamental right. Coming from South Africa, I do not have to look far to see others who are not so lucky.
A shocking 30% of South African children cannot read. My mother’s cousin runs a charitable school in a rural community in South Africa, for children who would not otherwise receive even basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills. These children walk miles in all weathers, barefoot, just to be taught these fundamental skills. It is highly unlikely that any will have the opportunity to apply to university, but their lives will be richer and choices wider, with the education they do receive.
So while Year 6's in Kent wait to hear if they were successful in the 11+ examinations and Year 13’s countrywide, if they have offers from their university of choice, Invicta Grammar School is opening its doors to prospective students - I am excited for them and for me! But, mostly, I am grateful, that we have the incredible privilege to learn and aspire and choose. Invicta has undoubtedly provided me the confidence but most importantly the understanding of the world around me and those less fortunate than me!
Deputy Head Girl