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A Memorable Ski Adventure

8th February 2024

  A Memorable Ski Adventure: Our Ski Trip to Les Menuires, France  We had a fantastic time on our ski trip to Les Menuires, France, where we enjoyed a week of fun, friendship and learning on the slopes.  Our adventure began with a bright and early departure from Heathrow Airport to Geneva, where we boarded…

Pupils Spread Christmas Cheer at Peony Court Nursing Home

15th December 2023

Years 3 to 6 embarked on a heart warming visit to the local nursing home, Peony Court. With joyous enthusiasm, they performed a delightful selection of Christmas songs, filling the room with festive cheer. Adding a personal touch, the pupils also presented residents with beautifully crafted cards. It was lovely to see our children giving…

How do we teach phonics in our school?

30th March 2023

Reading and writing are fundamental skills that are crucial for children’s success in school and beyond. What can be done to accelerate a child’s development? What is Phonics? Phonics is a method of teaching children how to read and write by focusing on the sounds and letters that form words. Written letters of the alphabet…

What’s different in a prep school?

14th February 2023

Many of us will be familiar with the term Preparatory school, but what exactly is a prep school and how do children benefit? What is a prep school? Traditionally, Preparatory or ‘prep’ schools are independent schools that educate children from the age of 8-13. At Elmhurst we educate children from ages 3-11.  The term preparatory is…

The importance of your child’s first three years at school

31st January 2023

The quality of a child’s education undoubtedly has a lasting impact on the rest of their life. But how important are their first three years at school? A child’s early years are the foundation for their future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning abilities, including cognitive and social development. The quality of a…

Head’s Blog: The Art of Performance

1st April 2022

Will Smith’s very public behaviour at the Oscars Award ceremony this week has understandably dominated news coverage of the event and, rather regrettably for him, overshadowed a long awaited career high. It serves as a clear example of the impact our behaviour choices have on how we are seen by others and the challenge human…

Head’s Blog: Character – The Driver to Success?

11th February 2022

Leading any school means one is always cognisant of the responsibility to shape an environment which delivers the best possible outcome for the young people it serves. The challenges, emotional and practical, presented by the pandemic have only heightened my personal feelings of responsibility – seeking to ensure the longer term effects on education are…

Head’s Blog: Capturing Curiosity in Boys

28th January 2022

One oft-cited criticism of an exam focused education system is that it suppresses creativity and curiosity, characteristics continually recognised as being crucial for success in our increasingly technologically driven world. Educators around the globe are often to be found searching for avenues that allow and encourage that expression and at Elmhurst School for Boys we…

Head’s Blog: Bedding a Growth Mindset into our Behaviour

15th December 2021

Reflecting on the second half of the Autumn Term, there will be others who have noticed that early mornings starts seem to feel harder on the colder days, and the shorter evenings have the propensity to send us into an almost hibernating state. Except, of course, if you live or work with small children. One…

Head’s Blog: Celebrating a Half Term of Togetherness

15th October 2021

As the half term break begins, collectively as a community, I know we have benefitted hugely from an uninterrupted and full educational experience. It is certainly worth reflecting on some of the significant moments and sharing my own perspective on Elmhurst’s magic.   The minibuses play a significant part in our lives here: opening up…

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