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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!
As you sit and read this, our school community is remembering our fabulous play of last night. It was ‘Brilliant’ in every way: from its name to the way that the whole school came together to perform. How lovely it was to have so many parents and friends of the Edenhurst community coming to enjoy the performance in the Mitchell Memorial Theatre.
It’s always very sad to read the kind of article found in the TES this week (link here), detailing the decline of music teaching in UK schools. Edenhurst parents are well aware of the importance we attach to music as a subject, whether that be in class lessons, or as individual instrumental teaching. We know the various benefits to children in terms of their learning across the curriculum and how music can INSPIRE them to perform in public.
The Bellevue Learning Review of Edenhurst took place on February 5th and 6th, involving two days of lesson observation and interviews with staff, pupils and parents. The Reviews are conducted by Bellevue Heads who take teams of experienced teachers from the group into the schools. Indeed, I was doing the same a few weeks ago at another of the schools. The emphasis is on the development of teaching and learning across all the schools.