It’s coming home, isn’t it? I think so - I thought so when I walked in the King’s Hall in Stoke yesterday for our annual Speech Day. There is a shield inside with the three lions on it. Is that a sign or what? We talked in assembly on Monday with the children and said that it’s hard to believe that in a week the World Cup will all be over. Of course, there will be other things that will also be over, as our current Prep 6 will have left Edenhurst.
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A collective sigh of relief went up two weeks ago as revision folders were put away until next year and a different focus took hold around Edenhurst - that of individual projects. Each year group has taken this time to explore a specific theme, chosen with their form teacher. Amongst these have been Toys in the Past (Form 1); Plastic Reduction (Prep 3); World Wildlife (Prep 4); and Leavers’ Books (Prep 6), as well as their business project that came to fruition at the Summer Fayre.
I may be nearing the end of my time as Head of Edenhurst, but that doesn’t stop me being excited about the future of the school and it’s been a pleasure to help to prepare the team of teachers for next year. Over the years I have seen many retirements of experienced teachers: parents have often been concerned about “what will happen when so-and-so leaves?”. Of course, what happens is - new teachers join and refresh the team, the Edenhurst ship keeps sailing on, and the children keep learning and ACHIEVING.
At Edenhurst, one of the key ways in which we enrich the curriculum is through real-life experiences and trips. One of the most important of these is the residential experience, where children live with each other, develop their interpersonal skills and help them to become better leaders, as well as building trust and respect.
As Prep 5 and Prep 6 prepare to make their memories of Barcelona, I’ve been enjoying looking back over the blog entries from our trips in 2014 and 2016. It really doesn’t seem like two years ago since we last went, and indeed four years since our inaugural trip. There has been much excitement amongst the children and also amongst the teachers - whilst it’s a busy time, we do enjoy it as well!