Wednesday, 15 June 2011


This week POLLY RODIN joins View From on work experience from the Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis. Polly is 15-years-old and lives in Lyme Regis after moving here with her parents and younger brother, from Portsmouth, about five-years-ago. However, she still visits Portsmouth fairly often to see family and friends, and her brother is still a keen supporter of the Portsmouth football team. Polly is currently in year 10 at The Woodroffe School and is starting her GCSEs. Polly enjoys doing drama both in and out of school and is very interested in subjects such as history, English and art.

WHAT do you like most about school?
Apart from the fact that school is a great place to see my friends everyday, I enjoy a lot of my subjects, even more now that I am taking my GCSEs and got to choose my favourite lessons to continue with. It is also nice to know that you are doing something productive with your day, building on knowledge and effectively helping to improve my future.

WHAT do you dislike?
I can’t say I love the early mornings! It is also sometimes difficult to drag myself to school when the weather is lovely, it seems such a waste to be sitting in a classroom when you could be out in the sunshine.

IS THERE anything you would change about school if you could?
I would ban all exams. They are so stressful and time consuming, especially since I started my GCSEs. But mostly I enjoy school, and the fact that everybody is going through the same thing makes exams a little less scary.

WHAT is your favourite subject?
I particularly enjoy history and art at school. I love the creative aspects to art, and it is a way in which I can express myself. It is more of a hobby than work to me. I am interested in history because I am fascinated by people of the past, and finding out about their everyday lives, conflicts and major discoveries.

WHAT do you like about drama?
Drama has always been an interest of mine, I love watching performances and it inspires me to go and do the same. I take pleasure in stepping outside my own body and becoming a character, trying to think and act like them. It is great working alongside people towards a performance, and nothing beats the thrill of opening night. Drama has supplied me with a great deal of enjoyment over the years and has also brought me many confidence building experiences.

IF YOU could star alongside a famous actor who would it be and why?
That is tricky because there are so many actors that I admire. I would like to work alongside Reese Witherspoon, as I have never seen a film of hers that I have disliked and I really admire her as an actress, or Daniel Radcliffe. I have always loved the Harry Potter books and films. He has been so successful from such a young age, I’m sure he would be able to give me plenty of advice.

WHY did you choose to come to a newspaper for your work experience?
Journalism is something that I am considering following as a career. I enjoy English and writing and so it seemed suitable that I should look into journalism. History has also given me an interest in this area, because we often have to use old newspapers, but also write reports of our own. I really enjoy looking beyond just the facts and taking into accounts the opinions of different people.

WHERE do you see yourself in five years time?
I hope to be at university, I am still unsure of what I want to do when I am older and so I want to stay in education so that I am able to learn as much as possible, before making decisions.

WHAT would be your dream job?
I think I would enjoy being a theatre critic. It would be wonderful to go and watch performances for a living, and it also ties in with my interest in journalism.

WHAT was the last book you read, film you watched and CD you listened to?
The last book I read was 'Guantanamo Boy', a moving story based around the horrific events of Guantanamo Bay, the last film was Water for Elephants, an excellent film starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, and the last CD was Jessie J’s new album.

WHAT would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
I would like to think I would be sensible and save all the money. But I would really love to buy my family and myself a holiday home somewhere exotic, like Greece, and also go on a huge shopping spree.

IF YOU were having a party what three dream guests would you invite and why?
I honestly don’t know. There is a huge list of people who would be my dream guests, but if had to choose three it would probably be Robert Pattinson, because I love him and all his work, Emma Watson, because I really admire her, and, if it was possible to go back in time, my final guest would be Elvis, he is such an icon.

IF YOU were stranded on a desert island what three items would you want with you?
I would want food, my iPod and a giant book that contained all my favourite books.

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