I hope you have all enjoyed the first week of the winter break, and students, the opportunity to unwind . School holidays are, of course, breaks from the everyday, pauses in the sometimes clockwork nature of school life (that is exactly why we have them). So students, please ensure you take full advantage of this time, to recharge in preparation for the new, and for Year 2s, possibly most significant term, in January.
For me, the beginning of any break is a time to reflect and, specifically at this time of year, celebrate what we have, the opportunities afforded us, and very importantly, what has been achieved. I wholeheartedly encourage parents to spend time this holiday purposefully talking to your daughter / son: what have they been most proud of this last term?, what achievements would they like to celebrate?, have they taken full advantage of the opportunities available to them in school?, what have they learned about themselves since September?, etc. I always advise families start these conversations by first reading this newsletter together, try it.
I am very much looking forward to pausing my school life too, and spending time with my family. This is the time of year, more so than any other, I think, we can close our front doors, hunker down, and enjoy being with our family and friends. I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big 'thank you' to my colleagues, both in school and around the world. You may say I am bias, but I think we are pretty special bunch, and I remain enormously grateful, and proud, to work with colleagues who continue to ensure our students have the best possible international boarding school experience here, at EF Academy Oxford. Thank you.
I wish you all a lovely winter break, enjoy your time together, and take care of yourselves and each other.
ps - let's do it all again next term