“What do you think of yourself?” “Not a big fan of studying, a naughty bad boy.” said Henry about himself when he first met Sophie at BE. At that time, he was so disapproved of himself despite the inevitable brightness in him. A few months later, an Email from Bilton Grange Preparatory School surprised everyone. Enclosed in the mail was a picture of Henry playing piano at the stage. It was only a few months after he went to the UK school. Before that, he couldn’t really play any instrument. So what has Bilton Grange Preparatory School done to Henry exactly?
“What do you think of yourself "?
“Not a big fan of studying, a naughty bad boy.”
Henry said about himself when he first met Sophie at BE. At that time, he was so disapproved of himself despite the inevitable brightness in him.
A few months later, an Email from Bilton Grange Preparatory School surprised everyone. Enclosed in the mail was a picture of Henry playing piano at the stage. It was only a few months after he went to the UK school. Before that, he couldn’t really play any instrument.
Apparently a few months for a beginner is not long enough to present a perfect show, but something has already happened in him.
The boy who used to belittle himself now feel proud for himself saying “that’s not bad, huh?”, with a charm of confidence.
Life in Bilton Grange Preparatory School, what happened?
Alex Osiatynski, the Headmaster of Bilton Grange Preparatory School
“He’s not much a talker.”
When Henry first arrived at Bilton Grange, he did not talk much, so he couldn’t make many new friends there. The school noticed this problem and pointed it out in the first report. But nearly every child loves talking and expressing. There are two reasons why children don’t want to talk: either they’re not interested in the topic of the conversation or they’re afraid to speak up.
To solve this problem, there is a dilemma. To find a thing that really interests the kid, then he naturally befriend boys and girls who share the same interests with him. So he won’t be alone and are more encouraged to talk. But the biggest problem is: how to help him discover his interests?
To do this requires positive guidance and assistance from the school. In this case, Chris, Henry’s consultant at BE, has been communicating with Henry’s subject tutor, mentor and headmaster. She encouraged Henry to take on new activities such as summer camping. Since Henry is interested in science and astronomy, she also advised him to participate in an international summer camp where he could strengthen his English skills on the one hand, and find new passions and make new friends on the other.
Each young international student coming to the UK for study may need some time to adapt to new life there. That’s particularly when they need close attention and help from the school to go through the period as quickly as possible.
* Preparatory schools in the UK appoint an academic tutor to supervise pupils’ academic grades, a life mentor to help with pupils’ school lives and the Headmaster is in charge of all things and knows about each of its pupils.
“Why not try piano?”
Unlike what many Chinese parents may expect, in the UK, children learning to play an instrument is not about achieving a certificate or accreditation on it to gain an easier access to a university, rather it’s more about gaining a fresh perspective into the world. In England, nearly every senior school student could play an instrument at least.
So Bilton Grange tried to suggest Henry to learn piano, probably in the hope of that he could remain calm and cool even in front of a large audience. The result turned out well happily. Now Henry, through months’ practicing, is able to perform on stage.
Anna Quindlen wrote: “We are good parents, not so they will be loving enough to stay with us, but so they will be strong enough to leave us.”
Perhaps it may give some insight into child education. If parents want to better prepare their introverted child for future, then besides positive guidance, driving them to go out to a bigger world is also a good option.
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