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The new school year started with a bang in schools across the country

Autumn term started in style at Sevenoaks Prep School, Bede’s Senior and Prep Schools and King’s Ely School.

Sevenoaks Prep Pupils Have A Spring In Their Step

The pupils and staff of Sevenoaks Prep had a mindful, energetic and busy time last week as they enjoyed two days of activities focused on our Health and Wellbeing.  There were talks about our nutrition from The Health Boost along with smoothie tasting at break time, and Hannah from the Little Thoughts Blog spoke about the importance of a healthy mindset.

There were also tai chi, crossfit, yoga, zumba, multi-sports, crossfit, ultimate frisbee and core strength conditioning classes, all of which helped our school community understand better how to be healthy in mind and body.

All pupils took part in a mindful walk through Knole Park and Romshed Farm told us all to ‘eat grass’ and appreciate the importance of healthy farming practices on our environment and personal wellbeing.

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Sevenoaks Prep being put through their paces – welcome back!

Bede’s Boarders Celebrate With A Colour Run

On Sunday 2nd September, boarders from across the Bede’s community came together to take part in a Colour Run at Bede’s Senior School.

The event welcomed pupils from all boarding houses – Camberlot, Crossways, Dorms, Dorter, Stud and Meads End (Prep School) – as part of the pupils’ induction into life at Bede’s.

Alex Murphy, Dorter Housemistress, said, ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for all the boarders to settle into the School environment, build relationships with their fellow pupils from across the boarding community, and – of course – have fun! This is the first time we have hosted an event for all boarders across the Senior and Prep Schools, and this was so well received that we hope to host many more of these events in the future.’

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All boarders took part in a celebratory colour run

Durston House School Learn Study Skills

Durston House kicked off the year with a focus on Study Skills. Education at Durston is shaped by a boy’s development of character, curiosity to learn and discover more, and his expanding capability. Linking with their concept of the ‘3 C’s’, the school feel that study skills is an area where the boys are never too young to start to understand how they learn and how they could use this knowledge to improve. It also links with mental health, which is hugely important.

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Durston hopes that developing pupil study skills and therefore their approach to learning, will ultimately have a positive impact on the overall mental health of our boys.

With this in mind, the whole school got involved in participating in two days’ worth of fun, interactive assemblies and activities. These included the topics: Growth Mind-set, Instructions, Organisation, Learning Styles, Presentation and Mindfulness. The PE and Games Department also produced special lessons focusing on the idea that a healthy body equals a healthy mind.

The school then invited the parents to a special event focusing on memory techniques, with over 150 attending. Study Skills will be revisited throughout the year, especially in the run up to exam season. Durston hopes that developing pupil study skills and therefore their approach to learning, will ultimately have a positive impact both on results and the overall mental health of their boys.

King’s Ely Start Exhibiting

Talented Art and Design students at King’s Ely are exhibiting their work across the border in Suffolk this autumn. Members of the public are invited to attend the exhibition, which is being held at the Apex Gallery in Bury St Edmunds until Sunday, October 7th.

A broad range of Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art and Photography will be on display, including examples of exam and coursework. The exhibition has been organised to celebrate the high quality work produced by students throughout the year groups at King’s Ely Senior.

The Art Department at King’s Ely is a thriving, inspiring environment where all students are encouraged to engage fully with the state-of-the-art facilities available. The Department specialises in Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art, Sculpture and Photography, and students realise ambitious outcomes, regularly achieving some of the highest exam marks in the country. In July, King’s Ely also won the Art and Craft Award at the prestigious Education Business Awards.

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Just one of the pieces of art being exhibited this autumn

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