MAKE THAT CALL
Communication is key - whether by phone or card - especially at this time of year
“TURNING UP for the opening of a telephone box” sounds like an updated version of the well-worn condemnatory jibe at a celebrity who appears “for the opening of an envelope”. But this is exactly what I did earlier this term when I waxed lyrical – cutting the shiny ribbon as I did - about the lovely refurbishment of our school phone box, completed by the Year Eight children, where boarders can ring home. The red design classic conceals an unexpectedly contemporary interior, with Jackson Pollock curtains and groovy leather stool, as well as sentence-building scaffolding speech bubbles to help when the conversation begins to dry up!
Like so many things at Beeston Hall which provoke broad smiles, the phone box actually fulfils a deeply serious function – communication. Though the most popular method is probably still letters home, at any time of the day or night children can go straight to the phone and call anyone, without referring to any adult or switchboard. We offer independence and autonomy, as well as practising the valuable art of the handwritten note. And what better time to be celebrating this than now, as we all sharpen our pencils for Christmas card writing? Out goes the corporate printed office card and in with scribbled note and hand-made photocopied design, carrying a personal inky message which every recipient treasures beyond the most extravagant text message.
Whatever the case, the phone, as a symbol of communication, has no rival in encouraging us to stay in touch. I particularly like how ours symbolises the school itself: a classic exterior containing something of primary use, woven in with innovative and original ideas, all committed to bringing people together and helping them communicate.
Time to call home - the new telephone box at Beeston Hall School