Veks Jovičić

Veks (middle) taking part in a gruelling, cross-country training session!

Born and raised in Serbia, I joined Barney at the start of Lower Sixth, so I’ve only been at Barney for one year so far. I am currently studying towards A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Pre-U Physics and Computer Science.

Barney has made me prosper not only academically, but also physically and socially. I’ve been awarded with a position of responsibility at school and was put in charge as Head of International Boarding. Along with other activities I’m part of, I’ve learned to juggle responsibilities like it’s my second nature.

Over the last year, I’ve been involved with and attended many spectacular events during my short stay so far:

  • Lectern Club – which is a black-tie event where people present their interpretation of a topic (e.g. previous topics have been secrets, a randomly-assigned Christmas song, etc.);
  • Sixth Form Formals – events organised by Sixth Formers ourselves, we come up with a theme and have a relaxed evening enjoying ourselves;
  • Technical Crew activity – all the plays/shows/events happening at school are assisted by us, the students who are part of Tech Crew, in all technical aspects (lighting, sound, backstage, etc.). I’ve learned a tremendous amount about teamwork there.

However, by far, the fondest memories I have of school have to be trips with the Chapel Choir. We’ve performed at many cathedrals singing wonderful pieces, all the while getting a taste of the history behind each cathedral (they keep getting more and more interesting). I never was much of a “Christmas spirit” person, but the choir and school events have shaped me into someone who starts humming Christmas songs in June.

I’ve really enjoyed my time at Barney and while I’ve been here, I’ve learned that all you need in life is a bit of confidence, which the school has given me. As cheesy as it sounds, you really do miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. In the words of Richard Branson: “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”

When I leave Barney at the end of the 2020/2021 school year, I’d hope to be remembered as a kind, good friend, with a positive can-do attitude, but also a responsible and capable leader.