This week has seen the start of the Zoom school lessons for the boys – well only Elliot so far but Oliver’s start on Thursday.
It has to be said that the teachers have done a brilliant job translating over to video lessons, with Elliot’s English teacher leading a particularly impressive lesson yesterday. She totally commanded the virtual room and kept all that were online, attentive and on point – great work Miss Smith.
Later in the day, Simon had not been aware that Elliot was in a lesson, and the ensuing flatulence was not a particularly welcomed noise for the virtual lesson….. whoops
All joking aside, the education from Silcoates through this tough period has been really very well put together and has kept both boys engaged and on point. Oliver has needed more extra motivation in order to get going and keep going but Elliot has taken to the approach like a duck to water.
We are fortunate that the boys both have a laptop and that there is space in the dining room for it to become a virtual office during the day – shame that the real office in the garden is not yet finished with the renovations as that would make it better still – hopefully we will be finished down there by this time next week – the photos below should demonstrate the current progress – we are waiting for the plaster to dry. (ignore the bikes, they are just being stored in here short term since all of the office furniture is in the container, hence there was no room for the bikes
Last night we attended Elliot’s graduation from Silcoates Junior school.
Elliot and his class mates were treated to almost two hours of reminiscing over their last 6 years within the school with some lovely montages of photographs intertwined with little stories from Mr Boyer and of course presentation of awards for the children.
Their theme for the evening was the Oscars and so they were each introduced to the hall full of parents as they individually made their entrances. It was simply wonderful to see how mature they have all become and how they are all developing into wonderful people, each with their own fabulous personalities mixed with super senses of humour.
The awards were setup as film related, so either a specific film or an actor portraying a part in a film that sits in harmony with their personality and traits that they have developed individually while at the school. Elliot was introduced as the Tin Man as he has no rust on him but has a huge heart with nothing but kindness and good things to say about everything and everybody.
We are so incredibly proud of the young man he is so quickly becoming and while we are nervous that he is about to be joining the senior school, we are super excited for him as he embarks upon this next stage of his journey.
Today is Elliot’s first of a series of transition days in the Senior School to prepare him for his move into the big school from this September. Today he is not spending any time in the Junior School and is instead meeting his new form teacher and being introduced to all the goodness that the Senior School brings. It is likely that he will also be meeting some of the new pupils that will be joining the school from September as part of the 2018 Year 7 group – accordingly quite a large number of new intakes are in place this year.
Separately and perhaps more excitingly, Oliver is heading out to Waddow Hall in Lancashire for 2 nights away. He is going to be doing all sorts of cool things with his school friends such as archery, zip wire, orienteering and crate challenge. It will be super quiet in the house as Daddy is heading to London for two days so there will only be Mummy and Elliot in the house with the dogs for two nights…
He has a huge bag full of gear to get muddy, wet and generally have a whole heap of fun. The kids were all excited yet nervous and Olly was no exception to this – he asked to sleep in mummy and daddy’s bed last night because he would miss us all on Monday night…
They are heading to a place in Sheffield so it is not so far, but a night away for the first time is a BIG deal for any child.
They are going to be coming back with loads of funny stories and will give themselves plenty to speak about for the next few months…