On Tuesday evening this week, we held a ‘Teaching and Learning’ session amongst the staff. We hold these gatherings on the basis that we have open minds, are all ‘Life Long Learners’, that contexts shift and that there is an enormous amount of experience and wisdom within the staff body to draw on.
‘Hooks’ to capture the children’s imagination right at the start of a lesson and guided questions to pique their curiosity so they cannot resist seeking the answers themselves were the themes. Our brilliant Heads of Geography and Science led us through some of their examples and up to date research evidence before everyone broke into groups to exchange a myriad of their experiences: it was a very genial and positive hour.
Today was our autumn Open Day and we had a record number of people sign up for the day meaning there was a strong sense of common purpose all around. On top of a well organised day, excellent lessons to see, the lovely food, the art, DT, amazing labs etc, once again it was the children who received the greatest admiration from the visitors. From Tizian welcoming arrivals, through Elise and Oscar speaking from the heart with such humble assurance on to the Year 7 and 8 guides leading and answering questions with equanimity and poise it was a pleasure to know they are King’s Hall children – oh, and a dog! It was a lovely day to head into the weekend – one which sees some of the boarders head off to Cornwall and fingers crossed for some reasonable weather.