What a fabulous last week of term! Thank you for supporting our Christmas Jumper Day theme today - the children and staff all look amazing and are in the perfect outfits to enjoy our delicious Christmas lunch.
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The School Hall was a cramped place last Friday morning, as everyone from Early Learners up to Prep 6 - plus a lot of parents! - gathered together to watch our first joint Class Assembly, featuring Reception and Prep 6. If you were there, one of the greatest things to see was the sense of change and progression that happens over seven years.
“Without music, life would be a mistake” (Friedrich Nietzsche).
Last week we enjoyed the now traditional Autumn, tea time concert, with over 20 individual performers, some of whom had never played in public before. It was an inspiring concert, full of talent and commitment. The children played and sang confidently either on their own or in one of the ensembles.
Yesterday was ‘Outdoor Activity Day’ for the Prep Forms and I was lucky enough to spend it with Prep 6 on the Orienteering Course at nearby Apedale Country Park. The children navigated their way around a small part of the course, gaining useful experience in map reading and initiative-taking. If they occasionally found themselves on the wrong path there were staff strategically placed to help them and we all had a lovely picnic at the hill top peak, overlooking Newcastle and the Potteries.
Undoubtedly, many of us will have spent late nights and early mornings during the summer holidays watching the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, or at least keeping up with the latest developments on social media - fortunately my baby daughter decided to wake up around the time that most of the results were coming in, so I found myself very up to date in the early hours!
The first whole school event of the year has traditionally been our Speech Day and Prizegiving and this was again held in the comfortable and accommodating Potteries Museum Theatre.
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:
Two years ago the Prep 6 residential was a new feature in the calendar at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term; last year it was lovely to come back to familiar surroundings with a new group; this year it now feels very much part of the programme for our oldest pupils and something that the children eagerly look forward to as they progress through Prep 6 and hear the stories about our time here from the older children.
I find it hard to believe I’m writing my last blog of the year which appears to have crept up at a very fast rate! What a busy, rewarding and productive year it has been for all in the Edenhurst community.
You will of course hear about the many different achievements, developments and successes of all aspects of the school at Speech Day in September but for now I think it is worth reflecting briefly on a few endings and new beginnings.
Each year seems to move much more quickly than the previous one and even though I’ve completed one-tenth of the time that Mr. Copestick has done at Edenhurst, I likewise find myself wondering where it has all gone - never mind the previous year!