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11th July 2018 | Heads Blog

The summer term is always busy. In reflecting on the many events and activities that have taken place, I have been considering how we have lived our school ethos through the curriculum this term.

We have nurtured the boys in so many different ways this term. Forest School for example, as a collaborative experience, nurtures the opportunity to develop the skills and characteristics required for success in the 21st century. The boys love the inspirational outdoor classroom and the Year 6 boys concluded their five years of experience of Forest School at Elmhurst with a brilliantly performed production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. They have created memories for life with this two-month project, which began with a look at Shakespeare’s use of language.

This was a challenge for the Year 6 boys and we understand as educationalists that to challenge is also to nurture. There have been many challenges throughout the summer term. Year 6 spent a week away from their parents at Hayling Island on their outward bounds activity week. Beyond the ‘comfort zone’ of home and parental support, this tested independence, emotional strength and grit. The English Speaking Board exam gave the Year 6 boys a different kind of challenge as they were required to prepare, present, listen to others and contribute to discussion to achieve a pass in this official examination.

Three Year 6 teams were provided with the opportunity to enter the National Inter-School Maths Quiz Competition as a collaborative cognitive challenge. The teams finished in first, second and fourth positions, reflecting talents which have been nurtured by the teaching and learning of the Inspire Maths programme.

Year 6 were also inspired by their day trip to St. Omer, where they were encouraged to speak French. They enjoyed the challenge of purchasing food and drink for their picnic, visiting the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and writing postcards home, in French.

Year 5 had been studying The Civil Rights Movement in 1960s America and were inspired by their Skype interview with Keshia Thomas. Keshia became famous at the age of 18 for protecting a suspected Ku Klux Klan member when he was turned on during what had been a peaceful protest against Government oppression. The boys were fascinated by the struggles people endured at this time and this interview left a lasting impression on their understanding of fairness and liberty.

There has also been much to celebrate this term. I would like to take this opportunity to again congratulate each and every Year 6 boy in their achievements in the senior school admissions process. To achieve 21 scholarship awards and outstanding results in the independent school entrance examinations, is a very satisfying end to another busy year.

Next year, we will strive to continue improving standards within the curriculum, to provide opportunities to nurture and inspire your sons and to develop those skills and characteristics required for them to excel in the 21st century.

We also look forward to celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Elmhurst School for Boys. It is going to be a big year!

Have a great summer break.

-  AJ Padfield

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