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The Halliford School Lockdown Survival Kits

Published Tuesday 16th of March 2021 04:34:48 PM

As news came of yet another lockdown, it was clear that we were unable to host our Examination Day this January as usual. We would normally welcome students to Halliford on a Saturday morning where they would be split into small groups and taken by our teachers to their respective classrooms in order to sit their assessment. In their morning break, they would enjoy delicious treats baked by our school chef, Mr Murphy, and they would receive a Halliford goodie bag at the end of the morning.

As we were unable to host our Examination Day in person, we set about thinking how we could still bring some Halliford magic to our candidates. This can be a worrying time for students and parents, and we wanted to do all we could to set minds at rest and bring some much-needed joy at this difficult time of lockdown.

We decided on the idea of a personalised Halliford School Lockdown Survival Kit with branded earphones, a face mask, pen and pencil, and also a cookie baked by Mr Murphy, and a bar of chocolate. Lastly and most importantly, we included a Good Luck message from Mr Davies and a postcard from our Prefects.

It was all hands on deck preparing the kits in time for our candidates to receive them for the Examination Day, and Mr Davies hand-delivered them to the post office this week.

The feedback has been amazing –
"To all at Halliford, We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for the lockdown survival kits which have arrived today. The boys loved everything and the cookies vanished in front of our eyes in seconds!!!! The postcards were a very personal and welcome touch. As parents trying to steer our boys through the pre-test process it would always have been tricky but during Covid it has certainly been different. We have had the benefit, I guess, of seeing how the different schools have adapted their processes as a result of Covid and we have been blown away by how much Halliford have kept the children’s wellbeing first and foremost. We know your approach is different and more nurturing than other Schools and this has shone out very clearly in your adaptations of your friendly interview, exams and your survival guides…It has been noticed and appreciated! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

"Lovely touch from @hallifordhead sending my son his own lockdown survival kit! Thank you. If only these existed for parents going through 11 too! #exams #nearlyover."

"This is absolutely amazing. I know some lovely twins who are bracing themselves and this will completely alleviate much stress. What a wonderful school!"

"I don’t know of any other schools that takes into consideration the experience of an entrance exam on an 11 year old boy. Alleviating some of the stress and adding some excitement is just the ticket."

"Just showed this to my son and he can’t wait to receive it – such a lovely idea. Thanks to the school for being so communicative and helpful through such fast-changing times. Good luck to everyone for Saturday."

"Such a lovely and thoughtful thing to do at a time when the boys are having to go through an already stressful time. The cookie will definitely be appreciated in this house. Good luck boys."

"My son received his lockdown survival kit today. What a wonderful gesture! He’s already putting the earphones to good use (and he shared his chocolate with his mum!). Halliford has really shown that they put pastoral care at the centre through this kind and thoughtful deed and that means so much."

"What a lovely idea. Goes to show what great ethos Halliford School has."

"My son will be beside himself when he sees this! And all the more keen to join Halliford! Thanks so much for this encouragement."

"One of the many reasons we are so delighted our son chose Halliford to be his school."

"What a lovely idea, such a welcoming and thoughtful school."

"So lovely and just the boost my 11 year old needs this week."

We are so delighted that we achieved our desired aim of bringing some cheer to our candidates.
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