Out of one’s comfort zone

Last weekend I enjoyed some amazing performances at the Lytham Festival. AKS students from Years 7 to 10 entertained large crowds over 3 days with dramatic interpretations of people’s secrets that they had collected locally, all scenes devised themselves. The stories tackled emotional subjects, at times I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry,… Read full article

A Student Voice

The longer I spend with young people, the more I appreciate their honesty, especially if they feel empowered to be brutally frank (politely, of course).  In a recent senior assembly I referred to the story of the Emperor’s new clothes and showed a rather dated video clip (do feel free to watch if you have… Read full article

Competition and Compassion

Our Senior School sports day brought sunshine.  Our Nursery sports day was rained off.  Our Junior School sports day had the more familiar cloud with plenty of wind.  I had forgotten just how changeable the British weather could be.  Planning even a few hours ahead can be extremely difficult, but it makes life interesting, it… Read full article

Learning from Alumni

A good school will always seek to provide a variety of learning experiences so that students can cross-reference their learning in the classroom with the world beyond.  I saw a good example of this recently in the school hall, where our Year 9 historians were able to meet and ask questions of those who lived… Read full article

Cow, Cow, Cow, Cow, Cow, Cow

Recently, I enjoyed joining our Junior School students during their French Day (pictured above) and was impressed to hear even some of the youngest speaking French publically and with confidence.  In the Senior School, I have heard great progress made in French, German, Spanish and Latin.  Last week I looked in on the after-school Greek… Read full article

Safety First

A recent visitor to the school may have been alarmed to see a crashed car, four of our senior students covered in blood and a fire engine rapidly approaching.  Fortunately, what looked to be a very real accident had been set up in order to educate our senior students about road safety.  I watched as… Read full article