It is a tradition at Edenhurst for the Head to do a review of the year in the final Newsletter. Whilst reflecting on this, I couldn’t help but link it to my first year of Headship. I think that this is unavoidable because one of the things that no-one tells you when you embark on this most frightening and exciting of journeys is just how personal it is. It becomes so much more than a job. This could not be more true for me. I fell in love with Edenhurst about a year and a half ago and I feel this more strongly today. But what makes this such a special school? The answer is
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A question I have been asked many times as a languages teacher: ‘Why do we have to learn another language? Everybody speaks English!’ You don’t have to have taken too many trips abroad to soon realise that no, everybody definitely does not speak English! The reason for learning a language is not solely in order to be able to speak abroad on holiday though, it is multi-faceted.
This year we welcomed two newly qualified teachers to the Edenhurst community. Miss Turner and Miss Knight have kindly shared some of their thoughts about how the year is progressing for them and the changes that they have noticed in themselves and in the pupils...
I’ve always believed that relationships are the cornerstone of effective teaching and learning. The strongest relationships enable teachers to understand what makes a child tick and also, allow the child to express their concerns and anxieties openly without fear of judgement or failure. This dialogue plays a huge part in forming a teacher's assessment of each child’s needs.
“We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.” (Douglas Adams)
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