Happy New Year. We are looking forward to 2019!
In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings, transitions, doorways, and so on. He is usually shown as having two faces as he looks both back and forward. This is the reason we start our calendar with January, a time when people traditionally look back on the old year and forward to the future.
The new year has got off to a magnificent start with news that we have been recognised by the British Council for our ‘vision to provide pupils with an international education’.
They also described our work so far as ‘very impressive’, and we look forward to developing our international work further, and building strong partnerships worldwide.
We firmly believe that we have to give our pupils the widest possible range of experiences to prepare them for a future which we cannot know, so it is good to get recognition from a body that is held in such high esteem. The British Council is the government’s culture and education arm around the world.
Of course, this does not diminish our local focus. It is always good to talk with children, parents, wider family and friends about what St Bees School has to offer. We really enjoy showing our prospective families around the school, and it is always a pleasure to invite people in to see what we are about. At the same time, it is good to be developing our links with local primary schools so that children, their parents, and their teachers can get to know us better.
We are looking forward to hosting a number of fun sporting and educational events in 2019 with the aim of bringing people together and providing ever more opportunities for children in west Cumbria. There will be more on this soon. In the meantime, watch this space for our “Get to know St Bees School” dates”
I wish you all the very best for 2019.
Mr Gareth Seddon, Headmaster
Charity Cycle Ride – Laurence Gribble, Danny Wang & Team
We are proud to be a member of The Full Circle Education Group, and part of a global provider of education who supports local communities. Full Circle is a key partner of the non-profit organisation Adventurous Global Schools (AGS). They have established a small village school in Cambodia, and aim to make education more widely available by building schools in underprivileged areas as well as promoting international education and cultural respect.
Their architectural partner OOA won the 2018 Architizer A+ Awards for their design of the school. An amazing achievement for an excellent team.
Many of you will have read about Full Circle Group Managing Director, Danny Wang, and Deputy Director, Laurence Gribble, in our previous newsletters. In order to raise funds to build more schools in rural areas, Danny and Laurence will be cycling from The Peak in Hong Kong, to Cambodia.
Their route will take them 2,510km across China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. before reaching Cambodia. Accompanying the team will be a TV film crew who will also produce a documentary covering the month-long trip, the schools visited en-route and AGS School in Cambodia.
To find out more please visit:
AGS Schools Fundraising and Information Page
Best of luck from all at St Bees School!