Head of Raffles House Joyce Zhu
Joyce Zhu DP1A
I started my leadership journey early on in my time at SISHK. I was a school prefect since Primary 3 and kept the position until I graduated from primary school. However, I took a step back from all that when I moved up to the secondary section, intimidated by the older brothers and sisters who seemed so much more wise and mature.
Gradually, though, as I grew accustomed to the new environment, I truly felt like I was a part of the school, a part of my house. And now as a DP1 student, I decided that it was finally time for me to step up and give back to the community that has had my back since I was an easily scared Secondary 1 student. The decision to run for Head of House was easy to make for me. Although I knew it was a big responsibility, and I was intimidated about the idea of filming myself to promote myself to so many people, I knew I wanted to give it a go. I wanted to be able to continue the legacy of my seniors who taught us so many life lessons as well as to help my juniors and support them on the journey through lower secondary and IGCSE that I know well.
Raffles has always been seen as the weakest house, the one that’s almost always last, but I want to prove everyone wrong. Our students are enthusiastic and smart, and always coming up with amazing ideas to make our house better. It has been such an honour to be part of this house, and getting the Head of House position is like a dream come true.
I hope to be able to lead my house well with the support from the house representatives and make Raffles house stronger than ever before. We were second last year, and I want to continue this improvement and growth. I wish to help create a stronger bond between the students and teachers in our house and a stronger house spirit. I think that having trust and friendship between the students in our house and creating that supportive environment where everyone can contribute without the fear of failure or being judged is the most important. I want our house to become an even more tight-knit community and to have stronger house spirit. Of course, our end goal will be the house cup and we will fight to get there while enjoying ourselves every step of the way.