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Deputy Head's Blog: L'Aperitif - After France and Onto Barcelona!

Posted on 17th May 2017 by Chris Barnes

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!

France 2017: Day 6

Posted on 12th May 2017 by Chris Barnes

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.

France 2017: Day 3

Posted on 9th May 2017 by Chris Barnes

Greetings from a lovely and sunny Normandy! Yesterday was, of course, VE Day and it is highly appropriate that we should be spending part of today on the D-Day landing beaches at Arromanches, where British, Canadian and U.S. forces came to help liberate La République from the Nazis.  On 9th May, Russia celebrates Victory Day, as the news of the Nazi surrender didn’t reach Moscow until 24 hours later, so there is still a historic significance to the day of our visit.

France 2017: Day 2

Posted on 9th May 2017 by Chris Barnes

As I was packing to come away here, I found my little notebook from the last trip: a little A7 scribbler where I kept an ongoing log of what was happening to help me remember the little points when writing up the daily blog.  It made interesting reading and I wonder how it will differ with this year’s entries when I come to write up each day.

France 2017: Day 1

Posted on 8th May 2017 by Chris Barnes

As I begin the first blog entry of the trip, we’ve just left Portsmouth and are on our way to Caen-Ouistreholme.  A huge thank-you to all of the parents who arrived promptly and enabled us to get an early start to our journey.  Armed with food, toys, cards and games, as well as a few spinners - at least one between two, if not more!  Our coach driver was well-prepared and endeared himself to the children by putting some of the favourite films on, including ‘Minions’.

Mr. Barnes's Blog: The Benefits Of Residentials

Posted on 3rd May 2017 by Chris Barnes

I recently got into conversation on Twitter with a number of fellow 'Tweeters' about the benefits of taking children away for residentials.  As with many such discussions, it wasn't planned - someone started the thread and others added their thoughts.  The end result, however, informed continuing debate and discussion about what we do in school and why we do it - and how it benefits the children.