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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
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.
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.
The start of an academic year is an exciting time in schools. I have always enjoyed standing at the entrance to the school watching families arrive after the long summer break. This year was particularly poignant for me because I could really relate to how the children must have been feeling. Seeing them arrive in their smart Edenhurst uniforms, happy and excited to start the new term but perhaps feeling slightly nervous about the challenges ahead, was something I could empathise with completely. It never ceases to amaze me how resilient children are.