Often Knowing, Always Imagining
This temper may have been what prompted one of his elementary school teachers to say that “he would never amount to anything and that his mere presence undermined the class’s respect for the teacher.” Another teacher said that he had “a memory like a sieve”.
I am sure that when reading the above the subject of such criticism didn’t immediately spring to mind. The now undisputed genius in question is none other than Albert Einstein. Einstein was always imagining, he was always letting his mind wander, constantly thinking, growing and learning. As he grew older, he would do what he called ‘visualisation experiments’ in which he would try to imagine relationships in the universe. One of his most powerful quotes, and one which I suspect many people would automatically associate with him, is ‘imagination is more powerful than knowledge’. Einstein was able to combine creative thinking and visualisation to forge new mathematical and scientific possibilities and theories.
An angry child, he was not the best role model in school, by any stretch of the imagination. He caused daily frustration to his teachers and his behaviour was questionable, to say the least. Einstein was slow to speak and would talk to himself in whispers before committing to what he actually had to say. Before long, he left school and attended a polytechnic college. Following his graduation, applied to write a PhD, but all his dissertation ideas were rejected. Instead, he took a job filing papers at the Swiss Patent Office, somewhat ironically, collating the mail that came in from other geniuses about their ideas and inventions.
For Einstein, the path to success was not an easy one, with many, many rejections along the way. Perseverance and imagination were key to his eventual recognition. Not before time, he was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 1910 by Wilhelm Ostwald, who had rejected him previously for a research post. It wasn’t until 1921 that the Nobel Committee of Science finally acknowledged his intelligence.
This goes to show that intelligence and knowledge aren’t defined by perfection and success; they are defined, as Einstein’s journey tells us, by creativity, trial and error.
This month, our IB Learner Profile attribute is ‘knowledgeable’, and the Junior School children are busy learning about the world around them, acquiring knowledge and exploring concepts, issues and ideas that have both local and global significance. They are being allowed, indeed actively encouraged, to be creative and to use their imaginations.
I look forward to seeing and hearing about the knowledge they acquire and the paths their imaginations lead them down along the way. Who knows where their minds might take them!
Year 1's Busy Week
YEAR 1'S BUSY WEEK | A productive, busy and fun week was had in Year 1. The children have clearly benefited from a terrific holiday and came back on Monday morning bursting with energy and enthusiasm.
The girls and boys have turned their attention to the deeper questions they want answered about our Unit of Inquiry investigating the central idea that 'We are all the same but different'. As such, we were introduced to 'Sid' this week, when we looked more closely at our bodies and specifically our bones. 'Funnybones' was a terrific book to take this learning further, and everyone enjoyed learning our 'Skeleton Dance' – very apt for Halloween!
The concept of the senses and how they work has also provoked a great deal of interest and was the focus for Beach School. I suspect that after a great deal of exploring and play on East Sands using four out of our five senses, it may have been the taste of the doughnuts at the end that remained with Year 1 the most. For some reason they didn't wish to simply look or touch them - how odd!
The children want to know even more about their senses and we are looking forward to visits from both Grace and Eliza's fathers as we try to understand how our eyes work to help us see and what the brain actually does. It is wonderful to see the children leading their learning already.
After much debate, we have decided to change our Home Corner into an optician’s shop. Should you have anything lying around at home such as old glasses frames, cases and so on that would lend any authenticity to our area, do please bring them in. Any donations would be most gratefully received.
Claire Boissiere, Year 1 Class Teacher & Lower School Coordinator
Year 3's Superheroes
YEAR 3'S SUPERHEROES | Year 3 began to create their own ‘superhero’ this week. Working collaboratively, they first drew around a friend before adding wonderful characteristics, costumes and special powers.
We had hover boots, laser eyes, and even special capes and belts that could make them invisible! The children worked well together with some very creative ideas. We now hope to use these creations in story writing.
Looking ahead to this particularly busy half of term, Year 3 will not be taking home Shared Reading on a Friday. I would, however be grateful if parents could spend this time working on the children’s Nativity lines. Our performances will take place at the start of December, so it is important that lines are learned and cues memorised, with everyone speaking loudly and clearly on stage.
We also have our Year 3 St Andrew’s Day Assembly to look forward to on Friday, 29 November, and the boys and girls will have a few lines to learn for this.
Finally, returning to our ‘superheroes’ theme, I would like each child to create a poster or PowerPoint presentation on their ‘sporting hero’, tying in with their PE lessons. Each child should be able to present their poster for 2-3 minutes in class and they should all be in by Friday, 22 November to allow us to prepare for this. Many thanks, as always, to our Year 3 parents for your support.
Mrs Beebee, Year 3 Class Teacher
Riley House Hockey
RILEY HOUSE HOCKEY | The U12 girls’ hockey team had a superb match this week against Riley House, with goals from Emily, Eabha, Rachel and Sal leading the team to a brilliant 5-2 victory.
Riley started out strong, hitting one off the back board, but Emily was quick to equalise, scoring one further goal. Eabha closed out the half with another one for St Leonards, bringing the half-time score to 3-2. The goal keepers were kept on their toes at both ends, with Rachel striking a beautiful ball from the top of the circle. Sal scored the final goal of the game, securing a well-deserved victory.
Congratulations to the girls on an excellent performance and thank you to Mr McLeish for coming down to cheer on the team!
KILGRASTON GALA | A huge well done to the U9, U11 and U13 girls' swim teams who beat Kilgraston in an away gala at end of October. Well done to both our Junior and Senior School swimmers on a superb result!