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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?
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.
Greetings from Shropshire!
“We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.” (Douglas Adams)
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!