I have just returned from a visit to Norwich High School for Girls where one of our governors, Alison Sefton, is the Head. It was truly inspiring to witness the rich history and innovative teaching methods that define this beautiful school. Talking with colleagues from different settings and sectors is a practice that enriches and deepens pedagogy.
A further professional practice that you will see often at Felsted is how our specialist teachers collaborate to develop and improve our curriculum pathways for our learners. We foster partnerships with local schools, universities, Felsted alumni, and experienced parents to ensure that we continuously learn and grow from those around us.
The word ‘practice’ can often be tricky to spell (for adults and children) and when we focus on the noun, we can sometimes miss the day to day need to use this as a verb. Practising fielding and batting skills is something we see a great deal of during the Summer term and it is a joy to see such a high level of engagement across the school. In the same way, I notice that the respectful habit of saying ‘good morning’ and ‘how are you,’ is as strong as ever with our pupils and I will always be greeted with a smile and an open door as I travel around the school.
I am a big believer in removing barriers to learning and can I say (perhaps controversially) that I applaud the American spelling of the word ‘practice’ as it is now perfectly acceptable to use ‘c’ in both the verb and the noun in the States! Michelle Obama uses this word as she describes how practising who you want to be, starts with the habits that we form each and every day.
This week, I would like to emphasise the importance of practising kindness and compassion, even when it becomes challenging—particularly during times of fatigue or approaching holidays. I imagine many of you are nodding in agreement as you read this. As our children invest their energies in preparing for summer events and the imminent changes ahead, they might find their patience reserves slightly depleted. However, when they witness the adults around them consistently modelling respect and compassion, they will gain a deeper understanding and continue to practise becoming the individuals they aspire to be.
I hope you have a restful week ahead and find an opportunity to recharge before enjoying the remaining, exciting weeks of this warm summer term.
Head, Felsted prep