Sense of Belonging
A Special Environment
The time a girl spends between ages 4 and 12 can be described as a journey of self-discovery. It is a time when our girls become more independent both personally and in their learning styles, clocking up a number of milestones along the way. Our youngest girls move from being dependent learners, focused on their own personal worlds, to becoming more mature, and demonstrating a deeper understanding and appreciation of the wider world.
They are encouraged to try any number of new activities, to discover whether they have a flair for them and to keep trying despite any knock-backs “If at first you don’t succeed…”.
Through a balance of challenge and nurture, our girls become aware of their own potential and how important it is that they seek to develop their skills and knowledge. They are encouraged to share their gifts and to focus on the needs of others.
It is by learning to keep trying that our girls develop resilience and confidence and that they finish their Junior School years ready to face the challenges of high school.
A ‘home away from home’
Visitors comment on the Danebank atmosphere. They remark that our girls are happy and friendly, that they are confident and comfortable in their school. We believe that this comes from the positive, nurturing approach we have to our students. Danebank girls make their mistakes in a forgiving environment. They are encouraged to persevere, to be resilient and to know their strengths. As the girls move through their stages of learning, they maintain and develop a sense of belonging to a whole host of different groups. They develop self-confidence and positive personal standards that equip them for meaningful adult lives.
Danebank’s size makes the school big enough to offer many opportunities but small enough to ensure that all girls are known. It is an all-girls environment where our girls mix enthusiastically with one another unencumbered by gender pressures. They interact positively with friends from many year groups and they develop life-long friendships while at school.
The House System
It is tradition that each girl belongs to a House from which friendships form and a sense of belonging is fostered. The Houses are Ball, Cowell, Gray and Richmond. They are led by students who are elected into the positions of Captains and Vice Captains. They arrange sporting competitions and fund raising for worthwhile causes. Belonging to one of the Houses can be a family tradition, where sisters join the same house as their mother was once a member.