It’s not time to say Goodbye!!

I think back to September 2019 when I was as nervous as these little three year olds that were joining my class. It was my first year in FS1 also and I didn’t know [...]

Giving students the opportunity to experience real world design

Providing students with the opportunity to explore different activities in school and experience real-world design At Hartland International School, students from Year 2 upwards are lucky enough to be taught different activities in schools [...]

The Gift of Continuous Learning

The Gift of Continuous Learning I have always admired my grandfather.  A life-long learner, he received his PhD around the age of seventy, and at ninety-five, limited to a weakening body and the confines of [...]

Distance Learning – Journey to Enlightenment

Distance Learning – Journey to Enlightenment Like many teachers who found out they were going to be implementing distance learning for the foreseeable future, I felt apprehensive about the changes ahead. Teaching was going [...]

The psychology of a lockdown

The last time I was in a lockdown was 37 years ago. I was 9 and I was trying to survive with my mother, brother and somewhat absent father (he was a doctor on [...]

A life without my little Rosefinchers (FS1)

It seems surreal. I cannot get my head around it! As I sit here, I ask myself the question: why are we not at school? I do know the reasoning behind the closing of [...]

Third Culture Kids

I was born in a country other than my own culture, to parents who each had two different passports and I was subsequently raised on four different continents. I grew up thinking I was [...]

You Have to be in it to Win it

   When I reflect on my sporting career, I can’t help but feel extremely fortunate. Since moving to the UAE I captained the country through its most successful period in 7s and 15s. During [...]

The Power of Enrichment

Enrichment activities extend children’s learning through new experiences and opportunities that are key to academic success, personal and social development, which will equip them for life. If we are fully committed to preparing our children [...]

Sustainability at Hartland

Sustainability in schools is increasingly being recognised as an essential element to generate awareness within our young people so that students can become catalysts for the future evolution of our planet. In order for [...]

The Sound of Music in Schools

As a child, I was fortunate that my parents were passionate about music. Music was both a joy and an important feature of life, and the childhood of my sisters and I were filled [...]

Pros and Cons of UK Curriculum

Questions: 1. Who is the curriculum suitable for? The UK Curriculum, or National Curriculum for England as it is formally know, is a broad balanced curriculum that is suitable for children and young people [...]

Harnessing the imagination and spirit of children

Developing future leaders through performing arts By Fiona Cottam, Principal and Chief Academic Officer at Hartland International School Over the last two years, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) agenda has begun to [...]