We recently welcomed 92 8 to 11-year-old children to Haileybury for the summer Activity Morning. The children came from a wide range of prep schools to take part in the day’s events to get a feel of life at Haileybury.
Twenty Edge Grove pupils stayed with us the night before to experience boarding here. This is an annual event set up between our two schools. The 10 boys and 10 girls enjoyed a BBQ on Pavilion and plenty of games in the grounds with some of our pupils before retiring to various Houses to spend the night amongst our own boarders. It was a wonderful evening with sunshine, good food and lots of fun. Following a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning, the Edge Grove pupils joined us for the Activity Morning.
Blessed with another glorious sunny day, the children began their first activity of the day appropriately outdoors enjoying the good weather. The boys played organised games of baseball and kwik cricket and the girls rounders and ball skills.
Split into mixed groups, the children then moved on to their second activity of either Music or Drama. Drama consisted of an exciting blend of group experimental theatre and learning how to work together in teams to come up with solutions to challenges set. The Music group was split into two, both interchanging with a fun singing task and a noisy percussion lesson which took place outside! The groups then came together in a mini singing competition. Both activities encouraged the children to work together as teams throughout the time allotted. The excellent results were clear to see and hear at the end.
Onto the third activity which was based around the Sciences. The children were once again split into groups, taking part in either Physics, Chemistry or Biology. They all seemed to have been very popular activities with interesting kaleidoscopes being made and learning how to form sugar.
After a quick refreshment break, it was onto the final activity which involved the whole group coming together once again for fun swimming in our indoor pool. Clearly a winner on such a hot summer’s day!
Finally, children and parents met up again for lunch in the Attlee Room and tours of the school commenced for those who wished to look around. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, reinforced by the many positive comments we were treated to from the children and parents alike.