The Homestretch

By May 18, 2017 Head's Blog

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Dear Elmwood Community,

It’s hard to believe, but here we are, heading into the homestretch. As I am sure you know, the homestretch is a term taken from horse racing. It’s the part of the race track between the final turn and the finish line. Most of the work is done, the end is in sight, but the race isn’t over yet. A lot can happen in that final few metres.

For our students, the homestretch means demonstrating all they have learned this year. Our IB Diploma Programme students have been writing exams since the start of May. The rest of our students in Grades 6 – 11 begin their exams next week. In our Junior School, students are completing summative projects and other assessments. Closing Ceremonies and the summer holidays are a mere month away.

As parents, it’s important to support your daughters as they enter the homestretch. Our students have worked hard all year, but there’s still a little more of the race left to run. Getting enough sleep, eating well and practicing good study habits are all important factors in making it to the finish line.

We know the girls care deeply about their progress and want to do their very best. This brings with it stress and anxiety as well as moments of self-doubt. I think the best remedy for these situations is for parents to remain optimistic and to encourage their daughters to do their best. Emotions are contagious. If you exude positivity and confidence, your daughters will draw strength from you and end the year in the best possible way.

Good luck to everyone as they round that final corner and I hope that for each of you your journey towards the finish line is a smooth one.

Warm regards,


About Cheryl Boughton

Cheryl has been leading Elmwood since August 2008, when she was chosen by the Board of Governors, after a global search, to be the eleventh Headmistress of the School. She has a rich and diverse background in independent education having held progressively senior roles managing independent schools in the United Kingdom.