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With regular refreshing content all-year round from a number of important people, our blog truly is the voice of 'all things Cumnor'.

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With regular refreshing content all-year round from a number of important people, our blog truly is the voice of 'all things Cumnor'.

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    Head Boy's Blog

    9th July 2020

    This is my last blog as Head Boy of Cumnor House School, yet I have called it New Beginnings – the same title I gave my very first blog. Because nothing ends without something new beginning in its place; without the past diffusing into the future; without the threads of continuity weaving through time. Even so, it is not the easiest thing to say goodbye

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    Head Boy's Blog

    8th June 2020

    It has been remarkable how seamlessly we have transitioned from classroom learning to remote digital learning and it is clear that there is and has been a fantastic level of effort from the teachers to ensure that our learning continues in the best way possible despite the circumstances. Nevertheless, there have been a couple of things that by their very close nature have suffered as

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    Head Boy's Blog

    29th April 2020

    May 2020 All around us we hear that we are living through unique and unprecedented times. While that is certainly the case in many respects, we can often find up some interesting parallels and thought provoking perspectives to modern day issues in the pages of history. Marcus Aurelius realised this centuries ago when he advised us in his Meditations, “To bear in mind constantly that

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    Head Boy's Blog

    3rd April 2020

    Rediscover It’s ironic that the blog post I wrote at the start of this term was about uncertainty. Who could everhave imagined that the term would end with us all studying online in our own homes in the midst of a National Emergency? Life has changed in every way imaginable for every citizen of planet earth. Of course, such a monumental disruption comes with a

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    For those that didn't make it...

    17th February 2020

    On 26th January 2020, it was widely reported that one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant, had tragically died in a helicopter crash. The world was shocked at the passing of a legend at the age of 41. But what shook me most about that news report, though, was the death of his 13 year old daughter, Gianna. It then emerged

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    Head Boy's Blog - In Remembrance

    12th November 2019

    Yesterday, Kai Reece and I were honoured to participate, on behalf of Cumnor Boys, in the Remembrance Service at Woodcote War Memorial with Mr Cummings. It was an absolutely gorgeous crisp autumn day; as if the sun had come out in all its glory just to join us in honouring the fallen.  Lines and lines of names etched neatly for posterity onto a tall granite

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    Sleep and Stress…Solutions and Strategies

    4th November 2019

    At the Independent Schools Show this November, Cognita are exhibiting and hosting a series of bite-sized talks, giving parents direct access to educators, commentators and experts. An area up for discussion will be the importance of sleep for young people hosted by Beth Kerr, Cognita’s Global Director of Wellbeing and Alicia Drummond, founder of Teen Tips and a BACP accredited counsellor.

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    How do we prepare children for a digital world when technology changes so fast?

    21st October 2019

    It seems like an almost impossible task. How do we educate children for a fast-paced digital future when the technology is constantly evolving, and the rate of change is increasing?

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    Spotlight on Maths

    15th October 2019

    The 2018-19 academic year, saw the introduction of a new curriculum for the teaching and learning of Mathematics across Cumnor House School.

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    Spotlight on English

    15th October 2019

    In 2018-2019 academic year, English lessons across the school embraced a new text-based curriculum

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    Focus on Maths

    15th October 2019

    The last year has seen an exciting period of change in Mathematics at Cumnor House.

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    Focus on English

    15th October 2019

    This year at Cumnor we have introduced a new way of teaching and learning English; we use one focus text that the majority of our work stems from.

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    A message from our Head Boy - October 2019

    3rd October 2019

    4th October 2019 Last Friday saw Cumnor House participate in Global Be Well Day in parallel with Cognita Schools all over the world. We were treated to talks about sleep, screen time, communication and brain function in the morning, while enjoying some mindful time together in the afternoon. All in all, it was a mellow, informal and informative day that blended beautifully into the weekend.

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    A message from our Head Boy

    23rd September 2019

    4th September 2019 It’s the first day of the school year and I am putting on my red Cumnor blazer. It has that distinct and slightly off-putting smell of dry cleaning fluid that always reminds me of new beginnings. Outside there is low sunshine and a hint of chill in the air. The leaves are starting to shed and form a crispy crust on the

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    South Croydon Nursery Blog - 14.06.2019

    14th June 2019

    All of the children in Silver Birches and Willows were surprised and excited on Monday morning to see our new interactive smart boards that were put up last weekend.

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    Breaking down stereotypes at single-sex schools

    12th June 2019

    Single sex schools are often tarnished with an attitude of stereotyping genders. It is important when considering a primary school for your child that you consider all options available to you, including private, single sex and state school opportunities

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    How music benefits children in education

    12th June 2019

    Music and sport are two subjects that we hold with very high regard at Cumnor House School. We believe that the skills learnt in these lessons far exceed the subject in hand. Music is something that every child can enjoy regardless of their level of skill and in this blog, we are going to talk about how music benefits children in education.

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    Headmistress' Weekly Blog - 28.05.2019

    28th May 2019

    It was wonderful to welcome so many parents to the school to come and find out more about some of the senior schools to whom our girls, and boys, traditionally move on to.

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    Headmistress' Weekly Blog - 20.05.2019

    22nd May 2019

    How is it nearly half term already? We have had a busy week and were delighted to be able to enjoy the sunshine.

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    How single sex education can promote confidence in girls

    20th May 2019

    Every child should be treated as an individual, regardless of gender, race or religion. In any educational establishment, the focus should always be on each unique child. With this in mind, if there are methods and actions that can be put in place to ensure that every child realises their full potential, then it should be actioned.

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    Headmaster's Weekly Message - 20 May 2019

    20th May 2019

    Dear Parents The final week of the first half of summer term is upon us. Last week we celebrated Mental Health Awareness week. This year, Mr Bolton has been working hard with staff and boys, to continually improve Cumnor House Mental Health. As Mr Bolton has articulated to the boys, we all have mental health, be it positive or negative. Similarly to physical health there

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    South Croydon Nursery Blog

    16th May 2019

    It has been an extremely busy few weeks after the Easter break, with lots of fun activities and learning taking place.

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    Purley Nursery Blog

    16th May 2019

    The children have been busy learning, exploring and preparing for the next exciting stage of their school life.

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    Headmistress' Weekly Message - 10.05.2019

    14th May 2019

    There has been a little break between news -  the carrier pigeons just didn’t want to carry messages from the woods where I was staying with Year 5 on their Bushcraft adventure last week.  What a super time the girls, and boys, had.

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    Single sex education with co-ed opportunities

    2nd May 2019

    Single education can often raise questions about social experiences with the opposite sex. It is assumed  that if you attend a single sex school, there is no interaction with the opposite sex, at Cumnor House School this is not the case at all. We have both an independent girls school and a boys school, whereby we have co-ed opportunities for specific activities.

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    The importance of varied learning at nursery school

    2nd May 2019

    Nursery is your child’s first experience of education and you want to ensure that the experience is a positive, nurturing and happy one. At Cumnor House Nursery we employ the nationally used Early Years Foundation stage in order to make assessments about each of our pupil’s learning and development. However, we are also advocates of using varied learning techniques to provide each child with an educational experience which is calm, well planned and great fun!

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    Child-led education at Cumnor House Nursery

    2nd May 2019

    If you are ready to start reviewing the options available to you and your child and are looking to apply for nursery, it’s a good idea when considering their next step, like going to pre school, to look at what and how your child will be learning. Nursery is your child’s first experience of education and we want to make that a positive, inspiring and engaging time.

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    Headmaster's End of Term Message

    8th April 2019

    As the long spring term draws to a close, I spend some time in my office reflecting on what has been a monumentalterm. Over 200 rugby fixtures, 100+ competitive swimming races, inter-house galas and music competitions, localmusic competitions, spring concerts, class assemblies, Mother’s Day events, parents meetings, selectivity tests,residentials and of course the recent ‘School of Rock Performance’. In the midst of all of this… some excellent learningalso took place. This got me thinking, maybe upon reflection these fixtures and events are the true learnings of theterm and the school.

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    Headmistress Message - 1st April 2019

    1st April 2019

    Nearly at the end of another term and we are busy right to the end. Year 5 engaged and entertained us with their musical retelling of the story of the Wooden Horse of Troy on Thursday evening. They learned a great many words and every one of them was audible and intelligible and the girls sang the story with great energy. Every member of the

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    Are there entry requirements for private nurseries?

    29th March 2019

    There are different nursery admission requirements between both public and private nurseries, so it is important to understand what to expect before you consider applying to either.

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    Headmaster's Weekly Blog - 29.03.2019

    29th March 2019

    One week left of term and still so much to do… in the last week at Cumnor the boys and staff have been as busy as ever, in fact I think weekends are even busier than week days for some of our students!

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    Charity begins at home....

    26th March 2019

    We can barely go a day without a call upon our hard-earned cash. And every cause appears to be so worthy. How do we decide who to support, and why is this relevant to Cumnor Girls?

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    Headmistress' Weekly Message 25.3.19

    25th March 2019

    We were delighted to welcome visitors to the school on Open Morning on Tuesday and they were very impressed by our girls’ in terms of their academics, their eloquence and their happy self-assuredness.  Year Five lead the tours and always conduct themselves well and give a very honest view of the school.  I am immensely proud of what we achieve here and the opportunities that the girls

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    Headmaster's Blog - 22.03.2019

    22nd March 2019

    School life never ceases to amaze me, in both its diversity and sheer pace.

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    Nursery Manager's Blog - South Croydon - 15.03.2019

    15th March 2019

    It was great to see all the different costumes for World Book Day, the children really enjoyed talking about their favourite characters and stories.

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    Headmaster's Blog - 15.03.2019

    15th March 2019

    10 Years, a decade! For some of our children this is longer than they have been alive… For Cumnor House it is the number of consecutive years we have retained the trophy as the best boys swimming school in Croydon.

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    Headmistress' Blog - 15.03.2019

    15th March 2019

    I have been delighted to be part of the audience for some fabulous events. The Years 3 and 4 retelling – singing – of the alternative fairy story of “Snow White” written by Roald Dahl was fabulous

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    Headmistress Blog 01.03.19

    28th February 2019

    Welcome back. We have such a busy few weeks ahead of us, our feet won't touch the ground.

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    When should you apply for a nursery school place?

    22nd February 2019

    Finding and applying for the perfect nursery can be a daunting task - it may be the very first form of organised education that your child has experienced; it is important to consider a number of factors to ensure that your child is given the best experiences and opportunities for learning, setting them up for long term success[...]

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    Igniting a Child's Passion

    20th February 2019

    For young individuals to thrive, we believe it’s most important for them to be able to express themselves - in all walks of life. At Cumnor House Girls school, our teaching staff actively encourage pupils to expand their learning with our mastery approach to education[...]

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    Headmistress' Blog 15.02.2019

    19th February 2019

    It has been another busy week at Cumnor.  Year 2 ventured into London to put their learning about the Fire of London into context, they had a fabulous time and were able to recount the things that they had learnt. Both classes have presented very different and informative assemblies to their parents and were able to get their points across very clearly and confidently.  It

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    Headmasters Blog 15.02.2019

    19th February 2019

    As I sit here writing, the sun is shining, I hear children having fun in the playground and there is a general feeling of optimism in the air. Could it be my assembly about the the importance and value of love, Valentine’s Day optimism or the realisation that half term is one day away? I prefer to assume that my assembly on Monday has resonated

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    The benefits of single-sex schooling

    18th February 2019

    Here at Cumnor House School, we are proud to offer single-sex schooling for both boys and girls. We believe it is truly the best way for pupils to reach their full potential and achieve academic excellence[...]

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    Play-based learning: Engaging with Education

    14th February 2019

    Providing a well-rounded education helps children to realise and achieve their potential, and can be accomplished through play-based learning in early years - such as at pre-school and nursery. This type of development can help young children to engage with education and prepare them for moving into a more structured environment when they start school[...]

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    Questions to ask when visiting a school open day!

    12th February 2019

    Here at Cumnor House Schools, our focus is for each pupil to ‘Be your best self’ underpinned by our core values ‘The Cumnor Way’. Our personalised learning philosophy supports all children who study with us to develop their critical thinking, perseverance and self-belief[...]

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    Headmaster's Message: The Fox and The Crow

    5th February 2019

    This week began with an assembly using the morale of Aesop’s fable ‘The Fox and the Crow’ as the theme for learning. In the fable, the Fox flatters the Crow in order to steal some food, the lesson of the fable is to warn the unsuspecting, that flattery can sometimes be used unscrupulously to bring down our personal barriers and protection. Interestingly this led to

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    Headmaster's Message on Anti-Bullying Week

    15th November 2018

    It is has always been a mission of mine to try and foster a culture of respect in all the schools I have worked in, showing respect to every individual child, staff member and parent equally. As in the real world, I do not believe any school will completely eliminate the lack of thoughtfulness that occurs when an individual allows emotion or personal negativity to

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    The importance of Harvest

    11th October 2018

    As Harvest time is fast approaching, I chose to use Monday's assembly to remind children the type of fruit they are growing in their time at Cumnor House. Fruit is the culmination of a tree or plant's ability to grow, nurture and develop a positive element of itself. As with the tree that silently feeds and shelters the fruit throughout the year or the plant

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    Pupil Wellbeing and Postive Mindset

    11th October 2018

    "Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results.” This week, my thinking  has been on our pupil well-being and positive mindset, especially as Wednesday marked World Mental Health Day. I was posed the question that if I were

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    A+ Article - What's in your desk

    19th September 2018

    This week, Mrs McShane spoke with A+ magazine in their regular feature 'What's on your desk', offering an insight in to our Headmistress. What's in your desk  Tidy or organised chaos?  I often dream of being one of those super-organised people - you know the ones - everything has a place, everything in its place. What is the one thing in or on your desk

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