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!
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I wonder how many times each of us has heard a person described as being ‘of good character’? Or, conversely, as being ‘a bit of a character!’ Each conjures up particular images: perhaps positive, negative or humorous! We recognise instantaneously the importance of character in those with whom we associate, but the development of character is an ongoing process. At Edenhurst, this is something that we have been reflecting on carefully and thinking about the kinds of ‘characters' that leave us each year.
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.
In September, I took up a new post of SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator); very different from my previous role as Head of PE and Prep 4 Class Teacher, which I had enjoyed for twenty eight years!
I had much to learn! My predecessor had left me detailed information to ensure a smooth transition and I have attended training courses, which are ongoing, to prepare me for this role.
One of the overarching principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to enable strong partnerships between practitioners and parents/carers, and here at Edenhurst Nursery we are always looking to improve how we work with the most important people in a child’s life - YOU! In response to last year’s parent survey we have already implemented an exciting new initiative. Last week, in conjunction with the School parents evening, for the first time Nursery parents were invited to attend their own parents evening to discuss their child’s progress with their keyworker.
The topic of wellbeing is, rightly, being given much more prominence within our society as a whole. Gone are the days of merely being told to ‘pull yourself together’ or ‘get on with it’; there is a much greater recognition that the whole person needs to be cared for. Mens sana in corpore sano - a healthy mind in a healthy body. In his blog last fortnight, Mr.
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.
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I wonder what your child will remember most fondly about their time here at Condover Hall? As we listen to them talking during, between and after activities there are a wide range of aspects of the trip that they are enjoying: