Yesterday we welcomed almost 300 new students to d’Overbroeck’s, across the school as well as having the pleasure of seeing returning students again, refreshed and reinvigorated (we hope!) for a new school year.
In Years 7-11 we now have our highest ever number of students at 190, including 52 who joined us yesterday. Demand and the calibre of students looking to join us has been so high that for the first time we have three classes in Year 7. The day began with Morning Assembly led by Years 7-11 Head Mark Olejnik. As usual, Mark’s talk was hugely entertaining, focusing on resilience and learning by failing! All students then went into their tutor groups and the morning ended with a superb lunch for all.
At the Sixth Form, it was busier than ever with over 180 new Lower Sixth students arriving in the morning. This time last year everything was new at 333 but students and staff have now made it their home and are looking forward to a second full year all together on one site. Head of Sixth Form, Alasdair MacPherson and Head of Lower Sixth, Kate Palmer, addressed students in the Cohen Hall, bringing their usual enthusiasm and excitement as well as reassurance about the day, week, months and year ahead.
Principal, Emma-Kate Henry, Student Counsellor, Kiki Glen and Pastoral Mentor Hannah Mungall also introduced themselves, along with some of the Upper Sixth Student Mentors who were on hand all day to answer questions from new students and show them around the buildings. New students had meetings with their Director of Studies as well as subject meetings, some first day admin and of course lunch served by our in-house caterers in the Cohen Hall.
At d’Overbroeck’s International School, guess what? We welcomed the highest number of students ever! 67 students from 18 different countries took part in Induction Day activities and meetings at The Swan Building which has seen further enhancements over the summer.
The first House event was staged: a British Sports Day which included a three-legged race and wheelbarrow race which participants enthusiastically threw themselves into (quite literally). The winners were Austin House, so first House points of the year go to them. The day ended for students with another British tradition: tea and cakes with their teachers.
As student numbers grow, so our boarding provision has expanded this year with new houses at St Aldates and St Philips for our International School students. Our Sixth Former boarders will be living in Islip, Hayfield or Nash boarding houses and our residence (Bensons). Many of our Upper Sixth students have chosen to be a bit more independent as they head towards university by living with one of our carefully selected host families where they can live close to the school with 1 or 2 of their friends.
Classes have now begun and we’re looking forward to the Activities Fair and Welcome BBQ at 333 later today.
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