FOUNDATION OF FRIENDSHIPS
Some exciting news from Beeston Hall School head Fred de Falbe
We are in the midst of making a film about the life-changing effect Beeston has had on generations of OBs (Old Beestonians) who have benefitted from the school – in this case one currently playing hockey for his country. The message that runs through is often one of seizing opportunities and making friends.
One of the lines from Beeston’s fabulous inspection report earlier in the year was ‘the children have outstanding social skills’. This might, from some angles, seem slightly superfluous to the core purpose of education. However I would maintain it lies at the centre of what we do every day.
However, I would maintain it lies at the centre of what we do every day. Not only does it add to the general atmosphere of happiness, it also has a powerful effect to those starting at Beeston – and I note this because there have been so many starting this year.
New children, welcomed in through the door by smiling friends-to-be, immediately begin to relax at what can be an anxious time. Being swept along by a busy and varied timetable can be helpful too.
The reason for my point is wider still: the social skills that develop at school would seem to last a life time. Let me explain.
The Beeston Hall School stand was at the Aylsham Show in beautiful August sunshine, where we spent the whole day beset by visitors. Some were potential parents considering us as an option, but many more were past pupils and parents wanting to catch up, ask about what has changed and share their news.
Whether teacher, farmer, entrepreneur or artist, everyone had a story. Many of these had helped set up the show; all, in the spirit of warmth and friendship, were smiling examples of what I hope our present Beeston children become.
All these factors come together in our most recent initiative - launching the Beeston Foundation, in which we have set out our goals to place Beeston at the centre of Norfolk’s future. Firstly, to provide bursarial funds to widen access to this outstanding education and, secondly, to ensure the growth and development of the school and its facilities continue so we deliver contemporary education throughout the 21st century and beyond.
In this way we will have generations more dropping by Aylsham Shows, explaining cheerily what a wonderful and life-changing impact the school has had.
Beeston Hall has an Open Morning on Saturday 14th October from 10am. Please call 01263 837324 to arrange a visit for this, or any other day.
Fred de Falbe, headmaster at Beeston Hall School, West Runton beestonhall.co.uk 01263 837324