Big School News: Anyone for Tennis?

Prefecting your net play!

Nothing says summer more than crisp tennis whites, the thud of tennis balls and giggling children playing outdoors on a sunny morning! So we heartily welcome the “first service” of summer in the big school with the much anticipated Hedley Park tennis lessons.

Twice a week, dressed in their school tennis whites the students from Junior Infants and up go to a nearby grass court tennis grounds to have professional tennis lessons. Being active, out in the air and learning new skills the children all adore this summer term treat.

Of course tennis and Montessori are a great match, both instil order, self-discipline, and the  all essential grace and courtesy. Tennis like many of the elementary Montessori lessons encourages the child to refine their gross and fine movements through improvements in hand-eye coordination; balance and overall muscular control are all built on within the tennis lessons. These mirror the Montessori lessons involving walking on the line, carrying chairs and other items, and fine motor skills which began with the young student selecting and carrying their work to and from the shelves in a graceful manner.

The order involved in a  game, learning the rules and keeping scores all add to the growing child’s control of their environment and there for themselves. Children thrive in and ordered environment and students in a Montessori environment are a testament to that. Tennis has a gentle order that allows the child to sequence and predict the next step allowing them to exercise self-control in a fun and energetic way.

Tennis Tuition.

The grace and courtesy aspect of tennis also appeals to the Montessori educated child, respect for the rules, the environment, other players, turn taking and sharing space comfortably are all innate to our students and so the comportment and sportsmanship of tennis is a natural fit.

While the adults are very enamoured with all these underlying principles and lessons for our students, the children themselves will tell you the one reason they look forward to tennis lessons in the summer term, its FUN!!!

Hedley Park meets Herbert Park!

An Open Invitation to you.

Returning from a summer afternoon in the park.

It’s been a busy Spring for us in Hedley Park and after an extremely industrious Spring term culminating in a relaxing Easter Holiday we are all looking forward to all the delights of the Summer Term.

Of course summer term has a few unique characteristics in Hedley Park. The most obvious being the return of our delightful summer uniforms. Our little ladies look enchanting in their dainty floral summer dresses and straw boater hats, and the gentlemen are not left out with the change to the vest sweater and blazer. It really is like the cherry blossoms marking the change of season for us.

Another cornerstone of the Summer Term is the

Hedley Park Open Day.

This year the big day occurs on

Saturday the 21st May from 10.30am – 12.30pm

Invitations will be on their way to you soon, but if you want a sneak peak, or if you are a prospective parent, feel free to download a copy here: Open Day 2011 Invite.

This Summers most exclusive invitation.

We are really looking forward to seeing you on the day, and I know our students will be delighted to show off  all their hard work on both personal and class projects.

It’s a great opportunity for current parents to meet and show their support for everyone’s hard work, and we are happy to welcome all the family, brothers, sisters, grannies, granddads, aunties, uncles; all are welcome. We are exceedingly proud of our students and their work and we know they want to share it with everyone.

It’s also a great time for new parents to come along and see what our Montessori environment can give your child. All our staff will be on hand to answer questions and chat about the work and facilities. It’s a “drop in” so no appointment necessary, however if you are new to us and would like to call to announce your intent to come visit we’d love to hear from you.

So mark the date in your diary, Saturday 21st May and come join us for a few hours of chat, fun and appreciation of the students work!

Look forward to seeing you then.

The staff and students of Hedley Park!