I often walk around the school and visit different classrooms. I am always struck as I was this morning, by the level of quiet in the School. All the classes are busy at work, and it is easy to observe how engaged and focused the children are. It is a natural calm that comes about when the children enjoy a regulated day that is punctuated with a conscious effort to bring their minds and bodies to stillness. Recently a group of 5th class children took up the practice of Meditation. This opportunity takes place two or three times a year for children who have turned ten, and also has its place in contributing to the overall atmosphere of the School. In a world of great rush and busyness, finding a quiet place becomes increasingly important.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

I have spoken about this before, but it is hard to overestimate the value of the practice of the pause. I was reminded again just how valuable it is when I spoke with 6th class during their Philosophy lesson this week. After sharing a moment of deep stillness with the children, they spoke about the effect. One child said it was like having the opportunity to start with a blank canvas, another child said that a pause is a chance to leave all the thoughts from the previous activity behind and step into a great space where you are free. There were many different examples and I wish I had written them down. This is one of the most valuable tools that we can offer to our children.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School