Inspiration from beyond the traditional curriculum

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4th October 2018 | Headmaster's Blog

This time of year is extremely busy for the boys in Year 6 and their families. There are exams, application forms and school visits, and very important decisions to be made around future schools. Mr Cater and I have had consultation meetings with each of the Year 6 families this week to discuss future schools and how we can support the boys and their families in the decision making process. With all of these important events in mind, it is easy to lose sight of what the boys can look forward to beyond those independent school exams, at the start of next term.

I have written much about the inspirational Year 6 curriculum beyond the preparation for entrance exams. The boys are challenged by their outdoor education trip, which this year was to Mill Rythe, Hayling Island. All of last year’s Year 6 boys passed the English Speaking Board exam where they were required to demonstrate their developing presentation, listening and questioning skills and a highlight for me was their end of year production of Macbeth in the woods. Our Forest School location was brought to life by the wonderful Shakespearean production. In addition to all of these activities, I am particularly excited by the introduction of the Stride ‘Putting Young Minds to Work’ programme, which will be delivered for our Year 6 pupils this year.

Stride is an external company delivering a programme of study to develop financial capability and employability skills. The boys will be challenged to explore their skills and abilities, discover their job happiness factors, find out about a variety of jobs and learn about the world of work. In doing so they will be developing those characteristics important for the 21st century - leadership, teamwork and being motivated self-starters.

The curriculum leading towards the preparation for the entrance exams is so important at this time of year. However, for Elmhurst boys to secure places at their future schools, their well-rounded experience of life and their ability to demonstrate their softer skills, which comes from the alternative curriculum on offer, can play a significant part.

At Elmhurst we work hard to provide the boys with opportunities to develop all of those skills and experiences in readiness for life beyond our close, nurturing community and this year, the Stride programme is to become a very important and exciting aspect of that.

- AJ Padfield

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