Imagine you were about to start your day in the first year of Upper School. The first year to be more mature and to be responsible for so much more…
On a typical day I start my life at Bute House with Cross Country at 8:00am. Now, in Cross Country we run around the five netball courts until everyone joins or the teacher says to stop. Next, we pair up with anyone-this is one of the countless chances to make new friends at Bute! Miss Mulloy and Miss Steel show us the exercises and which line to stop on. After those exercises, we have 10 minutes to do one of the challenges that they give us. This is normally on the field or on the netball courts.
Next, we get our bags from the playground and go to the assembly in the hall. We normally talk about a remarkable event that is happening that week or in the near weeks.
Our academic day starts with one hour of English. In this hour, we are split into groups. The three groups are either with Ms. Meyer, Mr. Dalrymple, and Mrs. Fildes. I usually go with Ms. Meyer and in her group, we revise grammar and practise the rules.
Next, we move to the Art & DT classroom for an hour of either Art or DT (Design Technology). This is an exceptional room, filled with any kind of colouring pencils, felt tips, paints, brushes for Art and numerous utensils and different types of materials for DT! An immense space where you can express yourself! First, we give back any homework to either the Art teacher, Mr. Vessey, or the DT teacher, Mrs. Hernandez. Then we settle down in our group and listen to the teacher who assigns the exercise. I am in the Art group until half of the year and then everyone who is in the Art group, swaps to the DT group for the second half of the year and vice-versa.
Afterwards, we have half an hour of break! This is free time to enjoy with our friends in the enormous playground! Maybe you want to try Four Square for the first time? Or Cut the Cake?
After break, we walk up one flight of stairs to Ms. Tang’s classroom for one hour and a half of Math. For this class too, we are divided into groups: one group goes with Mrs. Vaughan and the rest of the class stays with Ms. Tang. I go with Mrs. Vaughan and we always have a fun challenge to solve with a partner. It is super engaging!
Lunch time! On the way down the stairs into the hall, along the walls, there is a showcase of some of the works we do in class – this rich representation goes all the way from Reception to Year 6! We have a mixture of everyone’s creations either in DT or Art or other subjects and we always love admiring them. Anyways, back to lunch! We line up in the playground and the quietest class can enter first. Year 5 is completely different from Year 4. In Year 5 we are allowed to select food on the day from the choices we can see and from the salad bar. Yummy plates!
After that (most likely) delicious meal, we rush to the playground with our friends and play lots of fantastic games and maybe even try stilts. When I joined Bute House in Year 4, I had no idea how to get on or even walk with stilts, but my friends taught me how to balance and I am now very good at it!