Remote Learning: Insight and Advice from St.George’s School, Windsor

  Remote Learning, Insight & Advice from   St. George’s School, Windsor Castle   Article written by  Emma Adriano Head of Pre-Prep “Remote learning is new to us all, but it’s an opportunity for our teachers to engage with families in ways that we may never have had the opportunity to do before.” It is widely known that the learning children do between the ages of three and seven forms by far the most important stage of their education. It is in these years that the most fundamental building blocks supporting their future learning and educational success are laid. Young children learn through hands-on experiences guided by knowledgeable teachers, and even the best educational technology cannot replicate this personal and important human process that is so central to the St George’s ethos. The progress made between three and seven is rapid and transforms children from toddlerhood, when they are heavily reliant on adult supervision, to the brink of their primary school years when the majority of our children are becoming responsible and independent. Reading, writing, social skills and interaction, a love of making things and learning how to harness their imagination are all skills and talents which we aim to nurture in the Pre-Prep at St George’s. Back in lockdown  But for now, once again, almost all of our pupils (except for the children of key workers) are at home with their parents. For many of them, this is a difficult and confusing time. For some of our younger children, there is a very real concern that they will quickly forget about school and the familiar faces of their...

Halloween at Home

HALLOWEEN AT HOME  With social gatherings at a minimum, there are still ways to make this Halloween fun and spooky…   This half term break can be a great opportunity to get crafty together, enjoy activities and get gaming as part of a week-long Halloween celebration.   Get Spooky! Dress up your house with lots of DIY decorations to build excitement ahead of Halloween.  Hobbycraft have lots of easy craft ideas that start from as little £1 including gothic paper chains, colour your own skull sun catchers and lots of ghostly ceramics that can be painted.  Dressing the house, especially if on lockdown or self-isolating, adds a real thrill at a time when you most need it.  Just don’t forget the exterior to show off your handiwork with the neighbours.   Scary Movie Get together on the sofa and cuddle up for a family-friendly scary movie to help get into the spirit of Halloween.  Is there anything better than the classic that is The Adams Family?! Nibble on toffee apples while sipping a mug of Whittard of Chelsea’s new limited edition Toffee Popcorn flavour White Hot Chocolate, a buttery sweet melt in the mouth delicious treat.   Pumpkin Parade! The timing of Halloween this year means most children are off school in the lead up to the weekend date allowing a whole week of crafting to get stuck in to! One key activity during this time has to be pumpkin carving.  Check out Pinterest for lots of stencils and inspiration to design your pumpkin.  Remember pumpkins don’t have to be all scary faces and ghouls, try revamping your pumpkin and...
Interview with the Head: Mrs Walker, Maltman’s Green School

Interview with the Head: Mrs Walker, Maltman’s Green School

Interview with the Head JILL WALKER, THE NEW HEADMISTRESS AT MALTMAN’S GREEN SCHOOL September 2020 marks the start of Mrs Walker’s headship at Maltman’s Green as she picks up the baton from Mrs Joanna Pardon who retires after fifteen years in post. Mrs Walker joins Maltman’s from the headship of St Nicholas Prep School in South Kensington, and before that she was Deputy Head at Glendower Prep. Mrs Walker has three children, the youngest about to start university, and her husband, Ben, is Headmaster of Lochinver House boys’ prep school in Hertfordshire. We thought we’d find out a little more about her… . what do you think makes Maltman’ S green stand out? Its fantastic facilities and highly skilled teachers means that the school is able to deliver academic excellence and offer an unrivalled extra-curricular programme where each girl has the opportunity to enjoy finding her strengths and exploring her passions. what does being a head mean to you? Leading and serving a school community is a huge privilege – supporting families and enabling and encouraging staff and pupils to realise their potential.   What advice would you give to a new head?  Spend time meeting people, listening, building relationships with all members of the school community and not being hasty in making judgements in the first phase. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PARENTS LOOKING AT PRIVATE EDUCATION FOR THE FIRST TIME? Go and visit schools, talk to the Head, think about the welcome you receive from all the people that you meet when visiting, can you picture your child in the school? Does the school reflect your own values...

Parenting the Modern Way

PARENTING THE  Modern Way The ways in which people, including those in the LGBT community, can create a family, have evolved greatly over the years. Modern families are wonderfully diverse, and it is a huge positive that society is more accepting of different family structures. Jemimah Fleet, family solicitor at B P Collins, who specialises in modern parenting, offers advice on some of the more modern routes available to creating a family. Surrogacy Surrogacy is a way of building a family where a woman, who does not intend to be the baby’s mother, carries and gives birth to a child for someone else, whether that’s a single mum or dad, heterosexual couples or same sex couples. Surrogacy is possible both in the UK and in some countries around the world. Whilst generally it is very positive experience for those embarking on a surrogacy journey, the Law Commission is currently reviewing the UK’s surrogacy laws, which are hugely outdated and do not meet the interests of those involved in the process. There are various legal obstacles to navigate. For example, the surrogate, as the birth mother, is always considered the legal mother and the intended parent(s) can only apply to court for a parental order, to resolve legal parentage, once the child is born. This inevitably places the child in a legal limbo until legal matters are resolved. This process can take months to finalise – a delay which is both frustrating and creates uncertainty for all of those involved. It is therefore important to seek early legal advice to ensure that the full legal implications are considered.The Law Commission aims to...

Mother’s Day Guide

The Definitive Gift Guide for Mother’s Day For the mother, stepmother, grandmothers, godmothers and fabulous ladies in your life, celebrate this 22nd March with a gift that shows they really mean the world to you. To help you choose the perfect present, TLB has done the research and come up with a sure-thing list of goodies they will love. Take a look… Lulu Guinness Socks While socks can be notoriously mediocre when it comes to any type of gifting, they are undeniably a wardrobe essential! So brighten up mum’s collection with something a little quirky that will raise a daily smile with the Sock Shop’s range by British designer, Lulu Guinness. The range features bursts of vibrant colours and prints, including several designs with mum’s favourite – kisses! Priced from £8.99 from www.sockshop.co.uk L’occitane Overnight Reset Collection Gift Set Based on the powerful Corsican botanical, Immortelle essential oil, this beautifying set includes all the essentials to manage a sumptuous daily face care routine. Working while she sleeps, the results have been proved to visibly reduce the signs of tiredness to leave a fresh and rested appearance each morning. Priced £55 from www.uk.loccitane.com Happy Mother’s Day Sleekster Splurge on a tempting box of curated chocolates featuring 27 sumptuous chocolates that include oozing caramels, delectable pralines, tipsy truffles and patisserie reimagined in chocolate. Bursting with bright blooms, this box of classics includes Hotel Chocolat’s famed high-cacao chocolate recipes. Priced £22.95 from www.hotelchocolat.co.uk Jo Malone Lavender &  Musk Diffuser Just in time for Mother’s Day, Jo Malone has introduced a new limited edition collection offering up a fresh outlook on English lavender....