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Ofsted 2020: Halcyon Rated Outstanding In All Categories

Pupils’ love of learning shines through at Halcyon. Leaders’ ambition for pupils to achieve their potential is high. Pupils’ quality of work is excellent. Pupils are respectful, self-confident, independent and quietly determined.”

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#RemoteLearningSnapshot: Digital Workouts in PHE

Throughout the Remote Learning period, our teachers have innovatively adapted our virtual learning environment to be more than just an online classroom. Our team has developed ways for our students to overcome the potential challenges of...

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Creating a Wellbeing Programme for #RemoteLearning

The members of Halcyon’s Wellbeing Team are woven into the vibrant fabric of on-campus school life. Speaking to different members of the team throughout our Remote Learning period, we learn that they have successfully adapted their presence to an...

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#RemoteLearningSnapshot: Connecting our Community

Ensuring our community feels "supported and connected" is crucial in these times. Having a place to reach out to engages our students in lessons, creates a space for family wellbeing and leads our parents to bring positive words of encouragement...

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#RemoteLearningSnapshot: Virtual Theatre

Our community-centric IBDP Theatre Arts performances are often insightful, reflective experiences for our students. Opening up the Media Room to students, staff, and parents alike, Theatre Arts classes embrace the responsibility of establishing...

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Communications For Your School In A Crisis

There are a huge number of crises that affect schools, however all of them will result in a finite number of emergency responses which you can be prepared for.

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Remote Learning at Halcyon: an interactive digital community

As the cheerful noise of the Google Hangouts Meet connection rings out, we’re faced by a smiling teacher in her living room who eagerly awaits the prompt to tell us all about her virtual lesson. English and English Plus (EAL) teacher Lindsey...

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Lunch at Halcyon: Designing a blueprint for healthy futures

Every Friday marks the end of a busy week for our Catering team. As our Kitchen Porters Richard and Michel safely wheel away the emptied bowls and plates from our cafeteria, our Chef Manager, Jackie, leads us into the Catering office to share an...

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Halcyon's Musical Students Shine in 'Music 2020'

In January, our Music teacher Mr Elia invited Mr John Themis and Mr Costas Rialas to ‘Music 2020’ - a unique opportunity for our students to learn from experience and build their songwriting skills. This is just one way of ensuring our...

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HL Mathematics: pioneering problem-solving

IBDP HL Mathematics is a challenging option: research from the University of Leeds suggests that this subject choice requires students to develop university-level skills from Grade 11. Indeed, a glance at the IB course description will have...

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IB vs A-Levels: University and Beyond

Choosing between embarking on an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) education and taking three A-Levels in the 21st century is simple.

While both curriculums have strengths, it is becoming ever clearer that the IBDP provides a...

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Grade 7 become Bespoke Designers: 'Halcyon Who?'

In every vibrant corner of our school, staff members are busy together building an ever-improving learning environment. While we make every effort to make our community close, Grade 7 are unlikely to have had the chance to familiarise themselves...

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Moving to London: Transport, work and school

So, you’ve decided to move to London? Excellent choice! The home of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and bright red buses is a beautiful place to grow as an individual or as a family - but getting started is always difficult. Below, we’ve listed the...

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IB Visual Arts: Artist Paul Brandford visits Halcyon

Grade 10 and 11 Visual Arts students had an excellent opportunity to get their hands dirty - with charcoal - by learning from the very best in the figure drawing world. Paul Brandford (Royal Academy of Arts) made a special visit to Halcyon to...

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Holistic Language Learning with the IB Diploma Programme

Making room for a flexible and integrated connection with history and culture is part of the IB’s teaching philosophy: this allows for a holistic learning process which allows students to think about the world, rather than observe it, readying...

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ESS: Using the IB as a Holistic Framework

Despite the growing signs of autumn, Hyde Park is still thriving with biological diversity and scientific curiosities. Environmental Systems and Societies IB Diploma students packed an armoury of clipboards, pH meters and much more to find...

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Innovation Isn't Always Digital

Economics is Halcyon’s newest Diploma subject, although that’s not instantly obvious upon walking into LG1. While the shiny covers and sharp corners of the recently-acquired textbooks betray the newness of the subject, students are focused and...

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English Plus at Halcyon: Building a Community

Our new English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher took a few minutes out of her busy work supporting students to give us an insight into how Halcyon’s new programme is already enriching students’ love of learning. 

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Be Mindful, Teach Mindfully, Teach Mindfulness

Last week, all our staff returned to Halcyon to begin the year in a two-day Mindfulness in Education workshop, led by Kevin Hawkins and Amy Burke of Mind Well

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Student-run Volunteer trip to Cambodia

Our group of Grade 11 students had a great time volunteering in Cambodia on a trip organised by Finley. They arrived early morning in Phnom Penh for some sightseeing, having travelled for over 15 hours and walking in 40° heat - a great feat in...

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