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Lark Hall Primary School – a brief synopsis of the school 

 

Parents, if you didn’t know already the present national educational focus at primary level is based on short-term outcomes. Lark Hall Primary School takes a longer term view and our approach enables children to be not only academically successful but who, more importantly, are inspired to make meaningful contributions throughout their lives.

 

Lark Hall Primary School believes the best way to master academic subjects is to experience their application first hand. The Lark Hall curriculum is truly cross-curricular and inspires our children to think critically, problem solve and collaborate as global citizens – thus setting them up for a life of intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution.

 


At Lark Hall, our curriculum is delivered in a way that resonates and sticks with children throughout their lives—with a strong emphasis that children and adults learn by doing. By applying what is learned in the class to real life situations, Lark Hall children construct meaning out of real world research opportunities, critical thinking exercises and fact-based analysis.

 

It is perhaps best summed up by Benjamin Franklin’s remarks concerning the savages of North America

 

At the treaty of Lancaster in Pennsylvania, in 1774, between the government of Virginia and the Six Nations, the commissioners from Virginia acquainted the Indians by a speech, that there was at Williamsburg a College with a fund for educating Indian youth; and if the chiefs of the Six Nations would send down half a dozen of their sons to that college, the government would take care that they were well provided for, and instructed in all the learning of the White People.

 

The Indians’ spokesman replied: We know that you highly esteem the kind of learning taught in those colleges, and that the maintenance of our young men, while with you, would be very expensive to you. We are convinced, therefore, that you mean to do us good by your proposal and we thank you heartily.

 

But you who are wise, must know that different nations have different conceptions of things; and you will not therefore take it amiss, if our ideas of this kind education happen not to be the same as yours. We have some experience of it; several of our young people were formerly brought up at the colleges of the Northern Provinces; they were instructed in all your sciences; but, when they came back to us, they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, nor kill an enemy, spoke our language imperfectly, were therefore neither fit for hunters, warriors nor counselors; thee were totally good for nothing.

 

We are however not the less obligated by your kind offer, though we decline accepting it, and to show our grateful sense of it, if the gentlemen of Virginia will send us a dozen of their sons; we will take care of their education, instruct them in all we know, and make men of them.

 

This is the kind of school all of our parents should expect of Lark Hall.

 

The Lark Hall community now has ten questions parents should ask of themselves if considering Lark Hall Primary School.

 

The first five are:

 

  • Do I believe my child is almost perfect?
  • Do I like rules and regulations until my child breaks them?
  • Am I happy gossiping about the school to anyone who will listen, but reluctant to talk to the Head or Teachers?
  • Do I go in at the deep end when someone criticizes my child?
  • Am I an expert because I went to school myself?

 

If the answer to any of the above questions is YES, please find another school.

 

The next five are:

 

  • Am I prepared to work with the school and pull my weight?
  • Can I strike a balance between being a Velcro parent and a ghost?
  • Can I support my child and support the school through difficult times?
  • Can I suppress my frustrated ambitions and let my child be themselves?
  • Will I deflect rumour (including when my child informs me of things) and find out the facts from school?

 

If the answer to these final five questions is a YES, welcome. We will be able to work with you and your child will flourish.