Tag: Early Years

Undergraduates in the university of life

As parents and educators, we set great store by formal learning. Indeed, that is a measurable quantum that benchmarks achievement for our children. It is a good thing, to be sure. However, there are other aspects of learning which are not taught in a formal way but are nonetheless crucial. Aspects such as fairness, sharing, leading and following, inclusion, helping, observing, politeness. These and many many more are not taught in lessons, although they do come up all the time as well. Most of the time these aspects are predominant at playtime. This was one of the major drawbacks, and a very serious one, which COVID-19 posed to children - it deprived them of their stage in learning at the University of Life. Thankfully, we are now moving out of that phase. Indeed, because the grounds permit ample social distancing, we also managed to take some photos of children without masks. It was a joy to observe our young ones mingle and mix, interacting healthily, grouping and re-grouping, making new friends and greeting the 'old'. <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/626194625" width="640" height="564" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>   [gallery ids="7388,7389,7390,7391,7392,7393,7394,7395,7396,7397,7398,7399,7400,7401,7402,7403,7404,7405,7406,7407,7408,7409,7410"]
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A picture perfect hello

Children, all children are perfect because they are unspoilt by life. Their happy faces lit up the college in this the first week of school when their laughter (and perhaps some tears), their energy and their unconditional <em>joie de vivre</em> gave everyone, including the stately buildings themselves a new lease of life. These young lads from Year 2Y gave the camera a full blast of their infectious smiles. <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/625458014" width="640" height="564" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> [gallery ids="7365,7366,7367,7368,7369,7370,7371,7372,7373,7374,7375,7376,7377,7378,7379,7380,7381"]
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Going sporty

KG1 students have been engrossed in sports games as they enjoyed Zumba sessions, yoga sessions, basketball, badminton, tennis as well as football penalties on our extensive grounds. The classes were introduced to a variety of games as they each had a turn exploring the different balls and rackets used, learning the rules, following instructions and simply had great fun together. A number of areas were used for the games such as the College track, football pitches, courts, playgrounds, KG1 courtyard and even their own classrooms. The students enjoyed exploring the equipment, forming teams, and cheering on one another.   [playlist type="video" ids="6426"]
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