Because it’s there. George Mallory

Enjoyable Challenge

Chafyn Grove aims to provide an environment of enjoyable challenge for boys and girls from 3 to 13 years old. Too much challenge is stressful, too little is dull. In between exists the essence of a first class education, achieved by high quality relationships between staff and pupils and a breadth of opportunity. The latter aspect is a key component of our success: that each child discovers their strengths. We hope that all of our children will develop habits and attitudes which will serve them throughout their education, through school and life. As well as building on strengths, it is also healthy for our children to encounter areas of relative weakness, and learn from them too. Our provision sets out to exercise Curiosity, Courage and Compassion, enabling our children to explore all of their potential and develop it.

Chafyn Challenges

Each child at Chafyn Grove is encouraged to enjoy challenge. We have enshrined this in our ‘Chafyn Challenges’ – a series of tasks designed to help the children immerse themselves in our core values, learning who they can be in the process. The following is from the booklet which records their progress:

When George Mallory was asked why (on earth) he wanted to climb Everest, he memorably replied: ‘Because it’s there.’

The unspoken challenge of an unattained feat was urgent enough to draw him into an extraordinary feat of endeavour. That spirit, to be intrigued by possibility and impelled to see where that might lead, is at the heart of everything good at Chafyn Grove. The enjoyment of challenge on its own, however, is not enough. Our motto challenges us to be mindful of how our actions affect others. Therefore, Compassion should be exercised alongside Courage and Curiosity.

The Chafyn Challenges are constructed to help children get the most out of school. The virtues they are built upon are our school colours. The completion of all of them by the time a child leaves is a commendable achievement, but each one tackled is a worthwhile step towards the summit.

As our children enjoy these challenges, they are helped to face others.


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READING PASSPORT

The older children at Chafyn each have a Reading Passport. This log charts and guides them through different reading routes. The Passport contains trails through Europe, Africa and the Americas. You travel from country to country by reading books; when you encounter a particular landmark, the teacher chooses a book for you (to provide a different challenge). When you complete a continent, you are given a book in assembly as a reward; thanks to this scheme, more children are reading more books.

In fact, the success of the Reading Passport has led to an Extension. Here the continents of Australia, Antarctica and Asia are laid out, via the journeys of Burke & Wills, Shackleton and Marco Polo. Now there is a defined selection of more challenging books as your tickets and companions. (Though landmarks still offer a free choice). An appetite for reading is one of the most impactful habits to develop at Prep School. Our Reading passports encourage all levels of reader to stretch themselves and become more seasoned travellers.


Chafyn Grove Reading Passport

Chafyn Grove Reading Passport Extension

The Destination is the journey

Poetry Night 

In the Christmas term, the children in the Prep school each learn a poem. They all read them to their class, then some progress to reading them in front of the school. From those, a dozen go through to a candle-lit final watched by parents. This challenge lets each pupil build up a vault of poems over the years – poetry is the only art form you can carry around with you without in any way compromising its perfection. Furthermore, each child develops their confidence, and is nudged from their comfort zone towards an important accomplishment by just the right amount.

Dingly Dell

At the edge of our playing fields, we have a small area of woodland. Here a low ropes course leads to our bushcraft area, where children learn to light fires without matches, build shelters and hunt marshmallows. It’s also a stimulating area for simple exploration and imaginative play.

Our latest addition to our grounds is the climbing wall which enables the children to learn and practice their climbing skills and also to follow instructions and complete challenges. 

 

OPEN DAYS

Chafyn holds formal Open Days each term, but parents are welcome to arrange a visit via the office for whatever day suits.


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