Olivia Wayne

News Presenter

There is a phrase that has stuck with me throughout my life that I heard during an assembly when I was in year 7. " There are no ceilings, only floors". That is now how I approach life, my career and my personal life.

My education at NLCS has meant that whatever job, situation or opportunity I find myself in or presented with, I approach all with confidence, drive and a strong work ethic. When I started my job at Sky Sports I didn't have any experience in presenting, I was not a qualified journalist, and I did not have an immense breadth of knowledge on all sports but my education taught me that with hard work, focus and determination anything is possible. I am not limited by what I don't know yet or haven't done yet. Knowing I have been taught the skill set to achieve in whatever I put my mind to has been immeasurably useful when faced with some challenging hurdles in all facets of life.

There is a phrase that has stuck with me throughout my life that I heard during an assembly when I was in year 7. " There are no ceilings, only floors". That is now how I approach life, my career, my personal life. I don't see obstacles as restrictions to what I can achieve, but rather hurdles which will teach me and make me stronger and better. NLCS taught me to be competitive yet companionable, respectful yet resolute and made me a feminist before even knowing what one was. The other most important thing the school has given me is my best friends. We met on day one of year 3 and have been like sisters ever since. There are 5 of us who are as close now as we were in our 1B class and it is the greatest thing to have taken from school - life long friends who have the same outlook, mindset and attitude to life.

NLCS for me always felt magical. I never went to another school but there was no doubt in my mind that it was unique, and special. From the incredible facilities and resources, the stunning grounds, the history, the folklore and the people - it is like nowhere else. When I reflect on my school career it is with fondness and warmth. I am in the dungeons and playing lacrosse on a freezing afternoon. I am climbing trees in the "wilderness", playing Budge and dungeons and dragons. I'm rolling down the hill outside the Old House and jumping off the wall at half moon. Lessons outside in the summer, swimming in pyjamas, making vases in pottery, flour babies, Canons Follies, 5 star lunches and the 6th form common room. I have so many amazing memories and I could reflect all day. Thinking about it now brings a smile to my face and I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful for having such a special childhood in Canons Drive, and knowing that it truly special that for me school was a joy and never a chore.

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