I don’t think that any of us envisioned living through a time like this. It is genuinely frightening and has radically changed the way we see the world. Not all of this change, however, has been negative. I am always amazed by how resilient our children (and adults) are. Molly, the Monkey, would be so proud. We, like other schools around the country, were forced to shut in late March. Luckily, in the run-up to all of this, we were preparing and harnessing the power of the Bellevue group. Devices were purchased and delivered in the nick of time, staff and children were trained.
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I am convinced that the Primary years are essential in forming our attitudes to learning. This has certainly been true for me. The motto of my own Primary school has stayed with me throughout my life and I can still hear my teachers uttering those words, “Persevere and Succeed.” At Edenhurst we believe this to be absolutely true. We have worked tirelessly over the past year to instil a Growth Mindset in our children. Success is not guaranteed by intelligence or talent but it is guaranteed by perseverance.
Some of my most cherished memories of growing up are of Christmas. My late parents absolutely loved Christmas and would quite literally go to town to ensure that we had every gift our hearts desired. Later on in life, I realised that they would do so with great sacrifice, often placing themselves in significant debt. This resulted in my two siblings and I living from Christmas to Christmas and catching their passion for this holiday.
Once you settle somewhere - a place of work, a new community or similar - it’s easy for things to become ‘hidden in plain sight’, as the saying goes. What is in front of you doesn’t get noticed anymore; it becomes so familiar that it doesn’t seem special or different.
Over the last few weeks a series of conversations with Edenhurst parents made me reflect on what makes our school different, and the reasons why you chose to send your children here. I wonder how many of the reasons below are things that you know, notice, or take as read about Edenhurst?
Some time ago, you made an important choice. You chose to entrust your child(ren) to Edenhurst for their education until the age of 11. The obvious question is ‘Why?’. Intuitively we know that Edenhurst is a very special place. I clearly remember my first visit here and within a half an hour of arriving just knowing that this was a school I would love to be a part of. But what is it about this school that makes us feel that way? We are a family school. The school grew from a family home and this essence remains at the heart of what we do. Children are genuinely cared for a
One of the (many) benefits of working in a restless school is that the children look up to those in the higher years and want what they are doing. This year, one of the ways in which we've continued to raise aspirations is by introducing Latin throughout the Prep Forms. Based around Helen Forte's excellent 'Minimus' series, our learning is set against the backdrop of a family living as part of the garrison at Vindolanda (modern-day Chesterholm), close to Hadrian's Wall.
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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