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Family VIPs go back to school

 Published on: 25th October 2018   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Grandparents, uncles and aunts of pupils from Immanuel College paid a special visit to the Bushey school in its first ever VIP Afternoon.

The family members of Year 8 and 9 pupils were invited for the afternoon on Monday, October 8, as children acted as tour guides and showed them around the extensive campus.

Visitors saw the new library, science labs, art studios and computing suites. They also went into lessons and watched sport on the playing fields, as well as visiting the Beit – the synagogue where much formal and informal Jewish education takes place.

After their tours, the VIPs were given a lavish afternoon cream tea in the recently refurbished dining room before being addressed by the head master, Gary Griffin, who joined the college in September 2017. He began by making comparisons between the experience of education in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, when many of the audience had been at school, and the current day.

He also spoke of changes to the curriculum, examination system, technology and teaching methods, as well as the new challenges facing the modern teacher and pupil, including mental health issues. 

The school said in a statement: “Feedback  from  those  attending  the  event  has  been  universally  full  of  praise,  gratitude  and  admiration.  The  children,  as  well  as  their  grandparents,  uncles  and  aunts,  had  a  great  time  and  Mr  Griffin  said  that  he  intended  to  repeat  the  project  again  soon.”

Headmaster, Mr Griffin, added: “I  think  it  will  become  a  regular  fixture  in  the  college’s  calendar”,  he  said.  “It  was  a  pleasure  to  see  some  of  the  older  generation  enjoying  their  time  here  and  for  them  to  feel  part  of  the  Immanuel  community.”

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