Dragons Today - Spring 2015 - page 6-7

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Houseparents’ question and answer with Lindsey & David
Stuart of Boarding House No. 14
With your many years of experience in a boarding house, what do you
feel are the major benefits of Day Boarding ?
We recognise that for many children, it may be their first time
away from home and away from their family and all that is
familiar. It will almost certainly be their first experience of
boarders prep and for many, a start at managing everyday
tasks independently. Whilst being a very exciting time, it can
be a little daunting at first for them and for parents and that’s
why the Day Boarding House at No. 14 - like our Full Boarding
houses – provides a warm, homely and supportive environment
with a strong family feel. We understand that there will be lots
of questions and that boarding takes a bit of getting used to so
communication between everyone is the key to success whether
it’s sharing a worry, a question or a good day at school.
How does the daily routine differ from full boarders?
The advantages to boarding are numerous and this option allows
children to take a gentle first step on the boarding ladder to see
if it suits. For parents it can offer choice, enable flexibility not
to mention a release from the stresses and strains of the school
commute; freeing up extra time that can be spent at home with
other siblings or at work.
What are the advantages of Day Boarding?
For boarders having prep for a fixed time as part of the routine of
boarding is a huge advantage. Time before and after is for play
and exploring, or perhaps to experience a Club. In prep sessions,
Takers create a calm and purposeful learning environment. They
are there to advise and support, answering questions and helping
with difficulties. The skills which many boarders learn through
the environment of boarding prep prepares them to be more
independent in their learning and their thinking.
How does it work?
For the Day Boarder, that extra time spent at school can mean
respite from the early morning commute to school (extra time
in bed) and the late afternoon journey home after a Club and
before prep. For a few days there is time and space to focus
on themselves: to explore new challenges and to deepen their
friendships outside the classroom with other Dragons. There is
time to be children and to enjoy the moment.
What advice would you give to parents new to Day Boarding?
There are naturally a lot of ‘What ifs’ that parents ask when they
think about the boarding option and we believe that the key to
success is to come and talk to us - and the current Day Boarders –
to see if this is something that may suit you and your Dragon.
Parents question and answer with Mother of E Block girl
Why did you choose Day Boarding?
Our eight year old daughter - before starting E Block in September
- begged us to go into Day Boarding as she wanted to experience
what her older sister had as a Full Boarder at the Dragon. We
agreed thinking that it would help prepare her for Full Boarding
in C Block if she so wished.
Would you book again? If yes/no why?
This is the second term of Day Boarding for our daughter. She now
very settled with two days boarding at No. 14.
What advice would you give to parents considering it?
The boarding experience has been good for our daughter in terms
of independence, self-reliance and organising herself without the
full support of her parents at hand. Also, doing prep at school
with her peers has been good in helping her with the idea of time
limitations and having to get on with your obligations in a set
time frame
Parents question and answer with the Mother of a D Block girl
Why did you choose Day Boarding?
We chose Day Boarding because we live close but wanted our child
to see what it was like to board without having them away all
week.
Would you book again? If yes/no why?
This is our second term and we will definitely go for next term.
We hope it will be continued in C Block; maybe she will do three
nights. It has helped enormously with family life, as our younger
child doesn’t need to do the Saturday school run! Our boarding
child is happier and more secure as she has more independence,
but still sees us a great deal and she is more organised with her
belongings and makes her bed at home!
What advice would you give to parents considering it?
I would say go for it, what have you got to lose? No. 14 is a home
away from home, built in younger siblings and it allows the
children to stretch their wings but come home. My son is already
badgering to come in E Block.
Parents question and answer with Mother of D Block boy
Why did you choose Day Boarding?
I chose boarding for my son because he had been very keen to
board for years and I wanted to give him the opportunity to see if
he liked it.
Would you book again? If yes/no why?
Yes I would, because he really enjoyed the entire experience from
being with his friends and peers to being part of a big family.
What effects has it had on family life?
Needless to say we missed him, but he did become more
responsible for his belongings and started to understand his own
place within the family.
What advice would you give to parents considering it?
If your child has expressed the wish to Day Board and you are able
to, then let them have this opportunity. It is priceless.
We understand that there will be lots of
questions and that boarding takes a bit of getting
used to so communication between everyone is
the key to success whether it’s sharing a worry, a
question or a good day at school.
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