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....

What’s On: New Toddler Group

New Toddler Group Butterflies & Caterpillars St George’s School Windsor Castle is proud to announce the launch of a new Parent and Toddler Group – Butterflies and Caterpillars Caterpillars and Butterflies is aimed at children aged 18 months to three years. We hope that it will provide a welcome opportunity for parents and carers to get together with their young children each week to connect, learn through play and, most importantly, very importantly, enjoy themselves. Parent and toddler groups are often one of the first and most important social networks for children and families. So what benefits are there to attending a parent and toddler group? The most obvious benefit is that parents have the opportunity to introduce their children to a wide range of activities they may not be able to do at home. It also provides a safe way for parents to allow their children to engage socially with other people and try new things. Every child is different. Some may be social butterflies while others prefer to play alone. Each child has their own approach towards developing their social skills. Butterflies and Caterpillars at St George’s is about following the lead of the child, allowing children to develop their social skills at their own pace. A major benefit of a Toddler group is to build a child’s emotional confidence as they attend, assisted by their parent or carer. From an emotional point of view, this strengthens the relationship between the child and their carer, because it creates a shared experience. At the same time, children start to meet new people allowing a safe test of separation...

Review – Samsonite Spinners

SAMSONITE  Spinners Laura Mason reviews the Samsonite children’s range to see if this well known brand can live up to expectations for her little travellers…   While adults have been toting beautiful Samsonite bags for years, lesser known is its illustrious children’s range.  Presenting an ever-expanding collection of collaborations with big named brands from the likes of Disney and Barbie, the stylish children’s range is filled with both colour and fun…which makes sense as the last thing they’re off to is a boring business trip! Pioneers in luxury travel luggage, Samsonite’s children’s range comprises of charming school backpacks, toddler ride-ons and suitcases.  As you expect from a premium product, the cases are carefully crafted with premium materials, and from previous experience I can testify that their hard and soft shell suitcases easily withstand the test of time (and manhandling) required to protect your worldly goods when it comes to travel. Grace (aged 8) and Noah (aged 6) each chose a Spinner suitcase opting for a Marvel Iron Man and Disney Minnie Mouse design, a welcome move away from our black, plain cases that are really overdue an overhaul.   The Disney Minnie Mouse design features an embellished signature Minnie-ear print paired with neon Minnie ears and bow, while the Marvel Avengers case ingeniously features a 3-D Iron Man outline that has the appearance of breaking out of the case.  With these unique designs, they are definite head turners and the cases are easy to spot on any carousel!     The Spinners are available in a range of sizes with the smaller size at 55cm just meeting requirements with most...