With less than 8 weeks left in the school year, we are already looking ahead to next year. After an exciting debate between the only two candidates duking it out for Head Girl, the students and staff of SMS headed to the polls. With the numbers coming in close, it was decided that next year, the prestigious position would be held by both Simo Ridolfi and Carrie Zhang as Co-Head Girls.

Congratulations to Simo and Carrie, your 2019-2020 Head Girls.

Head Girl Q&A –

Carrie Zhang

How long have you been at SMS?
Since Grade 8.

Why did you want to be Head Girl?
With the experience of working as a student council member during the last two years, I really appreciate and cherish the variety of opportunities the school provides to students. During my four years of learning at SMS, I got to know myself better and have grown to be a more accountable person. These experiences have provided me with the courage and confidence I need to apply for Head Girl and want to give back to the school in my last high school year.

As Head Girl, what are you most excited for next year?
One area that I would like to focus on for next year is to create a sense of belonging for day students. I want an enthusiastic school where everyone will be happy to come to school in the morning and even wants to hang out after school. I would like to see a more united and positive school community.

What is your favourite part about being an SMS student?
I really enjoy leadership at SMS. Anyone can have the opportunity to practice their leadership skills in some way. Working in a leadership position at SMS is never intimidating. Mistakes are acceptable and encouraged because you learn from them. I feel reassured and secure as a leader in SMS because there is always someone to support you as you move forward.

Anything that you want the student body to know about you?
I really value the power of optimism and teamwork, therefore I am very looking forward to the Co-Head system next year. I will use my enthusiasm, confidence, and perseverance to work with the rest of student council members to make positive changes and to create a better SMS community. Thanks, everyone for trusting me and provide me with this opportunity.

 

Simo Ridolfi

How long have you been at SMS? 
Since Grade 6.

Why did you want to be Head Girl? 
Being Head Girl was never my life-long intention, but when I saw an opportunity to have a platform to showcase my love for SMS and the girls, I took it!

SMS has recently been accredited as a CAIS school, and attending the CAIS Leadership Conference gave me the opportunity to see how other independent schools shape their community-focused environment. I returned to SMS with overwhelming energy to achieve the school’s full potential and improve our spirit and pride. I will propose the insights I received to the rest of the community so we can start next year successfully!

As Head Girl, what are you most excited for next year? 
I’m very excited to work alongside student counsel, admin and students to achieve our goals for next year. I can’t wait to get to know the new incoming students and start off next year in a welcoming, energetic and supportive way that will unify our community.

What is your favourite part about being an SMS student? 
The best part of being an SMS student is the support you receive. Since coming to SMS in Grade 6, all my friends and teachers have grown to be my second family. I’ve gained a great deal of confidence and leadership from being an SMS girl, but my favourite part is sharing and teaching those traits to all the other students!

Anything that you want the student body to know about you? 
Come up and talk to me! Share your ideas, thoughts or concerns with me, that’s a way I can get to know all of you and make sure that your voice is heard. Carrie and I are really approachable so never hesitate!