11 September 2017

Head of Middle School

In the first two weeks of next term Year 7 and 8 students will be making their elective selections in The Arts and Design curriculum areas for 2017. As is the process in Senior School, course information and selection is done online. Middle School students will have a presentation by Curriculum Leaders on the content and expectations of the courses and then with your consultation boys will choose four electives to study during the year. We do our absolute best to give boys their first choice, however their second choice does need to be well considered.

One of the choices students have in Year 8 Design is Food Design. Last week saw the culmination of this semester's programme of work in the Heirloom Long Table Luncheon. The weather was perfect, the setting impressive and the meal - sensational, even more so when you consider the boys did not just cook, serve and clean up, they actually made all the food on the menu - except the cheese.

The meal began with a choice of drink: Elderberry cordial or traditional British lemonade. Both the drinks made from scratch. The meals represent the studies boys have been doing in class with main course platters showcasing Mediterranean, Scandinavian and British food traditions. All of the sourdough breads the boys made, adding the yeast, proving the dough and then baking, likewise they pickled the vegetables, made dips, created the herbed butter and roasted the meats and made the terrine. It was a fantastic display of learning, engagement and enjoyment. We are very pleased to be able to announce that next year Food Design becomes a Senior School elective as well with boys able to pursue this area of interest into Year 9 and 10.

Semester 1 reports will be mailed out this Friday and will be available online via Parent Connect by Friday afternoon. Parent Student Teacher Interviews for Years 6, 7, and 8 will be held in Week 2 of Winter Term.

Enjoy a great mid-year break. I look forward to seeing students return to school on Tuesday 26 July.

Mr Richard Ledger

Head of Middle School