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Get To Know The Class of 2021: Josh Fairhead

Deputy Head Boy 2021

What are your hopes for Stanford Lake College as you lead the school in the year ahead?

By the end of the year, I hope to see a school that is dynamic and able to adapt easily to unusual and taxing circumstances. I believe we have functioned very efficiently in the last year despite the pandemic, and I see this adaptation as a major step in growing the school and developing a system that will cope with any other curve balls that are thrown our way in future. I hope to see a school that is home to students that carry themselves with pride, who show the utmost respect to others and to themselves.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Earning a role as a leader of Stanford Lake College through the trust and faith that so many of my fellow students, and teachers, have put into me.

Share a memorable moment during your time at Stanford Lake College…

I started learning to roll a kayak a couple of months before Grade 9 Water Trek, and it took me a really long time to get right. I distinctly remember the moment I managed to roll up out of the water for the first time - my hands and cheeks numb, my nose hurting from snorting water, and my kayak halfsunk due to a missing plug. The feeling of accomplishment at finally learning to pull off a key move in whitewater kayaking, which had been my goal for so long, was absolutely exhilarating. I have not stopped practising since that day, and at this point rolling is as natural as walking. The experience emphasized for me the value of hard work, persistence, and practice.

What are your hobbies?

I am passionate about whitewater kayaking; in fact, I discovered it through Stanford. I’m an avid reader, and I enjoy cinematography and video editing.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Dane Jackson, James Hitchins, Paul Burger and Dave Rogers

What’s your favourite movie?

It has got to be between Interstellar and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Both amazing films; the former incredibly thought-provoking, and the latter packed with symbolism.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Becoming a student at Stanford. During my Hatchery experience, I was absolutely terrified and frantic at not having any real plan to follow. I have come so far since those anxiety-filled first weeks of Grade 8, and I look back at the experience knowing that I have since grown into an almost different person. I now realise that worrying gets me nowhere - it’s sometimes best to just go with the flow.

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?

A giraffe.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

If everything goes to plan, I will be studying at a university in the USA. I will have tried many new activities and greatly expanded my list of hobbies, and will have traveled to many different places. I will be guide-kayaking during my studies.

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