We're always interested to hear the latest news from our partner boarding schools, no matter what the subject. If you're reading this, then you must be interested too. So, here are some of the latest updates, achievements, and activities currently taking place at a selection of UK boarding schools...
Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold was guest of honour at Burgess Hill Girls Junior School Sports Day. Winning consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2014 and 2018, Lizzy is the most successful British Winter Olympian and the most successful Olympic Skeleton athlete of all time from any nation. She stayed for the whole day, chatting with girls, answering their questions and cheering them on. She also gave a wonderfully emotive motivational speech about the challenges she faced in her bid to be an Olympian, which reduced several girls and staff to tears.
Pupils at Northbourne Park School recently marked ‘Refugee Week’ by learning about the reasons for the refugee crisis in Europe, watching films featuring stories of refugees and creating ‘Welcome’ cards. Pupils also looked at the perilous journeys of refugees escaping war zones. They discussed the challenging task of choosing what to take with them, giving them a deeper understanding of experiencing such an ordeal. Year 7 pupils then wrote 20-word poems, to mark the 20 year birthday of Refugee Week.
Moreton Hall recently announced that they have been awarded the prestigious HMC (The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) accreditation. This reinforces Moreton Hall’s place as one of the leading independent boarding and day schools for girls in the UK. The HMC is the key association for the top independent schools, and the accreditation, which follows a rigorous application process, recognises the school’s dynamic learning environment and outstanding pastoral care.
Giggleswick have reviewed and upgraded their pre-A level programme for international students, which now provides a more tailored course to better prepare students academically, linguistically and socially for life and academic A level study. The new one-year Pre-A level course includes a well-structured programme of academic study, intensive English language lessons every day, British culture studies and trips, and a wide range of social, cultural and physical activities to broaden their learning experience.
Leighton Park have appointed Matthew Judd as their new Headmaster, who will join the school from 1st September, 2018. Matthew arrives with a very impressive track record of success from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, where he was Second Master (equivalent to Deputy Head) and Executive Head of the preparatory school. He was instrumental in driving up academic standards whilst bringing greater focus on values, education, and personalised learning. Haberdashers’ Aske’s School is one of the UK’s leading independent schools and won Sunday Times Independent School of the Year in 2017.
Work has begun on the construction of a brand new Wellness Centre at Harrogate Ladies’ College. The new Wellness Centre will be the hub for a wide range of activities designed to encourage the all-round well-being of pupils. As well as a fully staffed Medical Centre, the new centre will also offer activities such as mindfulness training; meditation and yoga; massage and reflexology; stress prevention and management; and nutritional advice. This new centre will be open from the beginning of the new school year, in September.
One of Stonar's Year 11 British boarders, Bella, has just placed in the top 7 of 5,000 entrants in the Royal Society's Physics Olympiad. Three other Stonar pupils achieved a Gold Award, and Bella was invited to a special presentation ceremony at the Royal Society, meeting Professor John Zarnecki, President of the Royal Astronomical Society. This remarkable achievement demonstrates once again what a powerhouse for STEM teaching Stonar is.
Two students from St Swithun's School have qualified to represent Great Britain in pentathlon events. Twelve-year-old Isabelle Law has been selected to represent Great Britain in the biathle at the European Championships this summer and Theya Dare Bryan, a ten-year-old pupil from St Swithun's Junior School, will compete in the forthcoming Madeira International Biathle. Biathle is a sub-sport of modern pentathlon, and inolves swimming and running in a continuous run/swim/run format.
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