Behind the Study door

I was absolutely delighted to return to St Leonards on Wednesday to the children in excellent heart, having started the week in an excellent way.

I came away from the IAPS conference with a great deal to think about, but also with huge excitement at the tremendous opportunities we have as a school to prepare our children to confidently deal with a rapidly changing global landscape. At the dawn of exponential change with artificial intelligence on our doorstep, it is more important than ever that we educate children to make a global difference, and most importantly live a good life. Balancing this with maintaining a great sense of fun in our schools is an incredible opportunity for us, and I cannot think of a more suited curriculum than the Primary Years Programme to do this. Alongside this, we discussed the importance of children's wellbeing and emotional intelligence. Bringing our children up with a developed sense of who they are and what they can achieve, whilst remaining true to themselves is vital. We must break down social attitudes that encourage children to define themselves by what they're not and encourage children from a very young age to have the right values and attitudes in life.

The boys rugby team enjoyed a terrific afternoon against Clifton Hall

Back home, I was able to watch the boys' rugby team play Clifton Hall on Wednesday afternoon, and was hugely impressed with their teamwork and evidence of enormous progression over the last few weeks. There was some excellent play, but most importantly real passion and drive from the boys. Whilst I was watching the boys, the girls enjoyed a tremendous afternoon of hockey at Kilgraston, where 13 goals were scored in total from both sides, and our girls returned elated after a superb afternoon.

Year 2 were presented with a swimming certificate during assembly on Monday

I continue to be most impressed with everything the children here throw themselves into, and the passion and enthusiasm in which they go about their daily lives, whether it be in the classroom, with their creative arts, on the games field and with each other socially. I am immensely lucky to be surrounded by their buzz and energy on a daily basis.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Year 4 constructed bridges this week


Year 2 visited the Preservation Museum this morning. It gave us the perfect opportunity to ‘tune-in’ to our new Unit of Inquiry. We visited the Blacksmith and pumped the bellows, learnt about a paratroopers fold-up bike and handled many interesting objects from the past. We are now curious to learn more.

Year 2 visit the Preservation Museum, St Andrews


As part of our 'Unit of Inquiry' on Where We Are in Time and Space, Year 1 visited the boarding house for a tour and juice and biscuits! They got to see the newly refurbished house and learn about living at school. Many thanks to Mrs Rees and the lovely students for sharing your term time home with us.


Year 6 have been doing some experiments this week linked to their 'Unit of Inquiry'.

We have been investigating how water can be cleaned. The children had a choice of 5 different materials – filter paper, fabric, moss, sand and a sieve then they had to try and clean 50mls of water by passing it through their chosen filter. The aim being to find out which material or materials worked best to filter the dirt out.



Our next school Open Morning will take place on Saturday, 8 October 2016. Children in Years 4 -7, as well as the Senior School are requested to attend, looking smart in their school uniform, for a morning of fun learning activities. Inquiry lessons will start at 9.30am and finish at 11.30am. I also invite parents to use the event as an opportunity to see the school in action and visit the different areas and departments within our beautiful campus. The morning will start at 9.30am with a short welcome from Dr Carslaw and myself, followed by a tour of the Junior / Senior School, finishing in St Katharines Hall for refreshments. Further details will follow but I do urge you to join us. School buses will be running as normal, but please note pickup will be 15 minutes later. The return journey, buses will leave at 12 noon. Please let the Domestic Bursar know if you do not require the Saturday bus.

Preparations for Open Day are well under way, and we much look forward to showcasing all we do at St Leonards. Further details will be sent to parents next week.

Many happy returns to...

We wish the following a very Happy Birthday: Shreyas, Vinnie, Zachary and Magnus



Images like this are not uncommon, when a sportsman or woman displays frustration after an error, which in the case of Ian Bell against New Zealand in the first test of 2015, led to his dismissal.

I spoke to the children in assembly about my fear of Maths, and in particular equations. But there is on equation I wanted to share with everyone. E+R=O. How we react to every-day mistakes and events which is thrown at us directly leads to the outcome, not the event itself.

Wear your wellies to school on Wednesday, 5 October

Year 2 have organised an assembly on Monday, 3 October to raise awareness for the work of the RNLI, one of our chosen charities this year.

Following this, we are delighted to announce that we will be holding a 'wear your wellies to school day' on Wednesday, 5 October. For a £2 contribution, we invite the children to wear their favourite wellies to school. Money raised will go towards the work of the RNLI.

Parents and friends are warmly invited to the assembly at 8.40am on Monday.

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