The Story So Far ...
Baking a cake, making a snow angel, leaf rubbing, jet skiing, having an indoor picnic, building a den in the TV room and painting like Picasso - to name but a few of the favourite activities completed so far by some of the boys in pursuit of their Been There, Done It (BTDI) awards.
Since the formal launch of BTDI in September, an impressive three quarters of the boys at Lochinver House have signed up to take part in the initiative, with two ambitious young men in Pre Prep having already completed and received their Bronze Award! Austin, RG, became the third boy to be presented with his bronze badge in today's special BTDI assembly.
Mrs Price then took us back to the BTDI launch day to remind us all what prompted her to come up with this wonderful initiative for our young people, inspired by the National Trust's '50-things-to-do-before-you’re-11-activity-list' and other research. Crucially, children spend over 7,800 hours at school throughout their childhood and she wanted to come up with a way of supporting the pupils in Lochinver's care in finding alternative ways to spend their free time. Indeed, YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health, states that there is clear evidence that emotional wellbeing is a key indicator of academic achievement and subsequently improved outcomes later in life. Providing fun activities that give children suitable ‘down time’ will help to improve their focus and academic achievements, a 'win, win' situation for our young gentlemen, for sure!
Mrs Price went on to describe an article in the TES on 29th December in which Damien Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, announced the launch of an activity 'passport' for primary school pupils aimed at supporting structures already in place in schools to inspire character and resilience in children. As part of the initiative, Mr Hinds called on families to ditch gadgets and resolve to spend time together pursuing new interests in the New Year. Dare we say that we had already 'Been There, Done It'!
This term Mrs Price and Mrs Turk have been thrilled to meet with Pre Prep boys who took great delight in showing them their wonderful scrapbooks and sharing their BTDI experiences to date. Next week, there will be opportunities for the boys in Early Seniors and Years 5 to 8 to show their scrapbooks to Mrs Price, Mrs Cortes and Mr Walker, all of whom are really excited to see the boys' progress.
A special thank you must go to Mrs Price for her dedication to the project and also to the boys who bravely volunteered to stand up in assembly today to speak about their favourite BTDI activities so far. Please do keep up your good work, we are truly proud of all that you are achieving!