Since our mothership Buckswood School is currently unable to receive visitors, they have prepared a virtual tour to show you our school and we love it!
While Buckswood Overseas Summer School (BOSS) may have been quiet on the student front in 2020, Buckswood School itself has been a hive of activity, initially and very successfully moving the full junior, GCSE, A-level and IB timetable online during the pre-summer holiday closures, before finally welcoming back just under 300 real-life students from both the local area and across the world in September.
We really love our school and everything about it from our beautiful campus, surrounded completely by nature, to the wonderful people who tread the Buckswood ground, and now we can also add this video to our list of “loves” which, with numerous laugh-out-loud moments thanks to presenter Mr. Baker, sums up life at Buckswood during term-time.
So without further ado, here are our top 5 things that we love about the new Buckswood School video:
1. Mr. Baker
If he hasn’t already, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Baker doesn’t feature in the next Harry Potter movie, and yes, we know that J. K. Rowling would need to write another Harry Potter book for that to happen, but Mr. Baker’s performance in this video should be enough encouragement for her to get her pen out and get cracking. A writer, actor and former head of drama at Buckswood, Mr. Baker, appearing most famously in TV commercials as Santa Claus in the Marks and Spencer Christmas Ad of 2016 and as the benign old Grandpa for Asda in their 2017 Christmas campaign, gives us a wonderful performance as he takes us around a day in the life at Buckswood School.
Some of our favourite quips include, ‘You have friends?’, ‘Are you a troublemaker?’, ‘A palm tree!’, ‘They’re setting fire to the chemistry teacher!’, ‘This is not a rugby ball!’ and ‘Dave, smile to camera.’
2. The Buckswood Bagpipers and Drummers
Due to the pandemic, the BOSS team have been working from home since March. We have missed our office, we have missed being onsite, we have really missed our students and our courses, and we have missed the hustle and bustle of the buzzing Buckswood campus. It wasn’t however until we saw this video that we realised how much we missed the award winning Buckswood bagpipers and drummers!
A common sound around the campus, the Buckswood bagpipers and drummers can be heard when visitors arrive, during assemblies, during special school events and in general, during most music lessons! It is a unique sound and until we saw this video, we didn’t realise how much we miss it and how much we love it!
3. BOSS Students
Throughout the video, Mr. Baker speaks to numerous Buckswood “pupils”, two of whom, and senior prefects nonetheless, started off their Buckswood journey as BOSS students.
At BOSS we focus on, and encourage our students to hone their leadership skills, their teamwork skills, their independence
and their confidence, all the while broadening their minds, appreciating internationalism and learning from and appreciating the differences in people. We do this in a holistic way, a natural way in which our students are enjoying themselves so much that may not even be aware of the benefits of passing a banana with their feet before eating it (pre-COVID), for example!
Click here to learn more about our courses at BOSS.
4. The Buckswood Campus
It cannot be denied that the Buckswood Campus is a perfect place for both a school and summer school. It is safe, it is beautiful. Our remote location, bang in the middle of the stunning Sussex countryside allows our students to feel at ease, to feel relaxed and most importantly to focus on the tasks at hand, be it a lesson or an activity. It also allows them to become closer as there is nowhere to hide like there is in a city centre location where one may simply blend in to the masses. Without choice, or even knowing it, our location means that students are present and will stand out no matter what, naturally encouraging confidence as you are never far away from someone who wants to be your friend.
Click here to learn more about the Buckswood Campus.
5. The constant mentioning of “family” and “home”
It has been said often, particularly in our BOSS TV interviews lately, Buckswood is home where your peers are your family. One of our senior prefects in the video sums it up wonderfully when she says, ‘what I like the most is that even though I am thousands of miles away from home, it still feels like home here. I feel like I have my family right here.’ What more can we say?
Of course, there is a lot more that we love about this video – the Buckswood Football Academy and talk of their recent winning of the national championship and the Buckswood Rugby Academy’s on-field successes. We could easily list more things that we love about this video but if we did, this blog would be a lot longer than it already is so we’re going to leave it there and let you watch the video!
Buckswood Overseas Summer School UK (BOSS) is a British Council accredited language school for students aged 8 to 17 from across the globe. To find out more, please visit www.buckswoodsummerschool.com or contact us here.
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