What a Busy Term!

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7th July 2017 | Heads Blog

This Wednesday I had the pleasure of supporting Mrs Neagu and Year 5 on their final trip of the year to ‘Go Ape’. The weather was wonderful and so was the picnic! It was fantastic to see so many parents joining us and providing a lavish spread for the boys and adults to enjoy for lunch. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents for their kindness and generosity in providing the food.

‘Go Ape’ is a high ropes course that challenges you in many ways. Firstly, you need to be able to cope with the height, something that can intimidate even the most ‘burly’ of us. You then need to work independently and with others to overcome the bridges and ropes that lead you around the course. Finally, there is the challenge of the ‘Zip Wire’ which brings you to the end of your first circuit. The boys had half hour slots in groups of 5 or six. Some wanted to work together and some on their own but all had to use the 4C’s to overcome the problems. There was a tremendous amount of communication between boys, either giving encouragement or direction to their friends. This collaboration enabled each and every boy to achieve their potential across the course. Some of the crossings required the boys to think critically and creatively to overcome them in order to arrive at the next platform. Some of the characteristics required to be successful on a high ropes course we have given much time to within school. Resilience for example, is a quality that will support success in life and some of the boys had to ‘dig deep’ to overcome their fears and some of the challenges faced. It is important to have grit but also the ability to adapt to your surroundings and to work with others if you are to be successful. All of which were required for the High Ropes course.

Last week we held International Day which I believe to be one of the most important dates in our school calendar. When I asked in the assembly why I thought this, Anotida in Year 2 perfectly captured my thoughts by saying, ‘To celebrate our diversity’. This prompted a round of applause and rightly so. We like to celebrate at Elmhurst and we are a multi-cultural, multi-faith school. International Day reflects this in every possible way. I was delighted to see so many families, faiths and cultures represented at International Day. This helps to support the boys in their understanding of what it is to be a Global Citizen in the 21st century!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Elmhurst Friends Association

and in particular Mrs Kassam and Mrs Evans, who worked tirelessly to give us the Summer Fair this year. Thanks also must go to those Elmhurst staff who came to run a variety of stalls and support the EFA in their fundraising activities. I must say that Mr Cater and I must have raised the fastest £32 ever in the history of the Summer Fair with the number of boys and girls who queued up to give us a soaking as we put ourselves up for the ‘Soak a Senior Leader’ event.

As we approach the end of another academic year and we begin to say farewell to boys, families and teachers, I think my blog reiterates how close we are as an Elmhurst Community and how important it is for us to have, and work hard to keep, that close knit family atmosphere.

Have a great summer!

- AJ Padfield

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