The sign of a good residential is that the end of it always comes far too quickly, yet it feels as though you’ve been away for ages. Even though we were at Condover Hall for two days, it certainly felt as though we’d been there longer and the number of sets of closed eyes on the bus as we returned to Edenhurst were testament to that.
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It's 8:30am and I'm beginning my blog now because once it gets to around 10pm I will not be able to remember some of the things that have happened today. The bad thing - if you could call it that - about residential trips such as this is that we do so much during each day, so when you sit down and reflect on the events of the day you're left thinking 'wow!' and trying to pick out the parts that you want to use in a blog or other piece of writing.
It's difficult to believe that we have only been here for half a day, so full has been our afternoon and evening. The children are now doing their ablutions and getting ready for bed - we have a later breakfast tomorrow so the children have the rare luxury of a lie-in on a school morning!
Herewith my last blog of this school year - it’s hard to believe we are here already and I think this is a sign of how busy and productive the last term has been.
You will of course hear about the range of achievements, developments and successes of this year at Speech Day on September 19th, but for now I think it is worth reflecting briefly on a few highlights.
Throughout Edenhurst it has been a fortnight of transitions...yesterday evening, the new Reception parents met with Mrs. Hodgkinson to find out more about how school life will change for their child in September. With 16 children joining Reception and a number joining us at other points within the school, we continue to grow and prosper.
A version of this article appeared in the Summer edition of Prep School Magazine, originally written by the Headmaster of Durham School. All book choices are my own but our views are the same.
It is now only a matter of four weeks until another school year comes to an end. As I write this, the children in the Prep Forms are mid-way through their end-of-year exams, breathing a sigh of relief as each one is finished. Prep 6 are in the process of visiting their new senior schools: finding out about new routines, new form teachers, new houses and what will happen in September. There is a palpable air of excitement and nervousness at the same time.
IT'S OFFICIAL - WE'RE EXCELLENT!
Another half term has passed in the usual busy and productive fashion of Edenhurst, with many events and achievements to celebrate. Of course, the biggest news this month has been the receipt of the full ISI Inspection report.
Edenhurst was visited in the last week of last term, as part of the current cycle of inspections, combining a ‘Compliance’ check, an EYFS inspection (Nursery) and an Educational Quality inspection (School).
Children from Prep 4, 5 and 6 recently spent an amazing week at the Chateau de la Baudonniere in Normandy, about two hours' drive from Caen. We were the only group there to have children younger than Prep 6 and the other schools were astounded at how well our Prep 4 and 5 children dealt with being away from home - they were amazing!
As our last full day here is well underway, Mr. Barber, Madame Cotton and I have been reflecting on the benefits of experiences such as this. Throughout the week we have seen so much growth in our pupils, yet all of it unique to each of them.
A residential trip is a great leveller - the academic; the musician; the artist; the quiet and reflective child; the sportsman; the child that seemingly oozes with confidence; the homebird…all different character types are suddenly brought together and given the chance to rise to new challenges.