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.”