That’s the message from Joshua, the Head of School at Monmouth School for Boys.
Joshua, who is heavily involved in charity work and mentoring, is being supported this year by his Deputies, Edward and Josh.
“I want to encourage all the boys at Monmouth to seek new challenges, make the most of the opportunities available and always stay determined and true to themselves,” said Joshua, who is studying A levels in Chemistry, Computing and English Literature.
“And no matter what challenges the boys are presented with, I want them to always keep their dignity, humility, kindness and focus and, most of all, enjoy this wonderful life.
Joshua enjoys taking photographs and would like to read Forensic Science or Cyber Security at university.
He is an ambassador for the heart charity, Welsh Hearts.
Last September, Joshua presented a new defibrillator to Monmouth School for Boys after organising a successful fund-raising day.
The Wear Red Day was inspired by Joshua and raised £1,000, mostly for the Welsh Hearts charity with a small donation to Velindre.
He now wants to introduce new projects, including a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) programme for all years at the school.
Joshua is also in the process of becoming a mentor for The Prince’s Trust after being encouraged by HRH Prince Charles.
Joshua said: “Our school gives us such exceptional opportunities and encourages us to reach our potential within such a supportive and inspiring environment.
“I hope to use my intense life experiences, compassion, strength and determination, to encourage and support pupils, being approachable and open to their requests, ideas and any personal matters they may wish to talk to me about.”
Deputy Head Boy, Edward, is studying French, German, Maths and Further Maths at A level.
Edward has been through the whole Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools’ system and is hoping to read French and German at the University of Oxford or University of Warwick.
A keen rower, who represents the school and town clubs, Edward is also a member of Senior strings and Senior Symphonic Winds.
“Sport and music play a big role in my school life and I like the support I get from my teachers, both academically and pastorally,” he said.
“I am aiming to achieve a lot in my role, from working as a cohesive and diverse team to fostering the correct working environment for younger years.
“I would also like to discover original ideas, which could make a positive impact on the running of daily school life.”
Fellow Deputy Head Boy, Josh, is also an active sportsman and is studying A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science.
Josh would like to read Maths and Computer Science at Imperial College London.
He has represented the school’s first team in rugby, football and cricket since Year 11.
“I believe the hard work and dedication of our teachers transfers to the pupils and we also get a lot more sporting opportunities than at other schools,” he said.