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Over the past few days, we have hosted four colleagues from Bellevue schools. They were tasked to review the teaching and learning at Edenhurst. Our focus as a school is Growth Mindset (as I hope you know!) but also Dialogue. This takes many forms within the school context. It is essential during lessons because it enables the teacher to assess, tailor the lesson to the needs of individual children and develop their thinking. It also has a profound impact when children engage in dialogue with one another.
Once again, thank you for the fantastic welcome that we received upon our return at Manchester Airport. That was definitely a first and I could see that it meant a lot to the children - they had been left in the dark about it, which made the surprise all the better!
Day 3 – Tuesday
Today’s conditions were absolutely glorious. Following the snow from yesterday afternoon and overnight, we were greeted by the sun when we woke up. This meant that the pistes were fantastic to ski on and the temperature was just right.
All of the groups have been to the top of the resort, with Eric & Sisi’s group skiing on or all of the black slope as well. Sisi’s group also tested out some of the jumps at the jump park.
A couple of years ago I got into conversation on Twitter with a number of fellow 'Tweeters' about the benefits of taking children away for residentials. As with many such discussions, it wasn't planned - someone started the thread and others added their thoughts. The end result, however, informed continuing debate and discussion about what we do in school and why we do it - and how it benefits the children.
Greetings from the French Alps! The snow is currently falling outside: perfectly timed for after we finished our lessons for the day, and helping to add some more to the ground ready for the next few days.
Day 0: Saturday - Travelling
By the time of our next eNewsletter in a fortnight, our Prep children will have returned from their Ski Trip, Reception will have presented their play, and as a whole school, we will have had our annual Learning Review. A busy yet seemingly normal fortnight in the life of Edenhurst!
I wonder how many times each of us has heard a person described as being ‘of good character’? Or, conversely, as being ‘a bit of a character!’ Each conjures up particular images: perhaps positive, negative or humorous! We recognise instantaneously the importance of character in those with whom we associate, but the development of character is an ongoing process. At Edenhurst, this is something that we have been reflecting on carefully and thinking about the kinds of ‘characters' that leave us each year.
Last week in Assembly I was talking to the children of Edenhurst about New Year’s traditions and history. This led us on to the subject of New Year’s resolutions. I have never been a big fan of these because from my experience they seldom see out January. But why is that?
Whatever your religious beliefs, Christmas remains a special time of the year. For me, it has always been about the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends and to reflect upon how lucky we are to have so much love and warmth in our lives. This Christmas will be Mrs Hibbert and my first Christmas as part of the Edenhurst family, and it would be remiss of me not to thank one and all for the warm welcome we have received.