Tradition – may be a bit of an old-fashioned word and not one that is bandied around in modern school educational circles but here we think that tradition is a vital part of who we are and what sets us apart. We represent over 45 different nationalities, all with their own traditions. To unite all of these under one banner we have our own traditions, which is a melting pot of the best of everyone’s beliefs and culture so ours are a celebration of our unique community.
Just as in the family house at Christmas or birthdays, families have traditions and here at Buckswood it is no different. We uphold the prefectorial system, we wear our bow ties for weekly assembly and we line up for everything. We think that structure and having customs and traditions with a bit of good old British “pomp and circumstance” turns the ordinary into something special. To experience a Buckswood weekly assembly or Prize Giving with bagpipes and gowns is a unique experience indeed!
Educating Ladies and Gentlemen since 1933
Buckswood puts the finishing touches to young ladies and gentlemen who leave with the panache to walk through any door, break down any barrier and flourish in their adult lives. This ‘finishing’ sees every Buckswoodian develop a decorum that is as at home in palaces as it is in a pauper’s home. A Buckswoodian commands respect and is respectful of others. Buckswoodians are as smart on the inside as they are on the outside in their striking gold trimmed blazers!
Not only is a Buckswoodian equipped with a rich portfolio of academic successes but has the added benefit of a cultural and emotional awareness that empowers them to thrive anywhere in the world and seek opportunities wherever they lie.
Setting the tone…
Buckswood is a home. It is a working estate, it is a school and most importantly it is a place of learning and friendship. The walls of the old 16th century manor house stand so strong because they feed off the laughter and happiness that exudes from the students. Just as a home, it is the people that make the place work; that are the heartbeat of the school. The Buckswood pupil understands that the gardener and the chef are just as important in the operation of things as the Director or history teacher. Respect for those that help and work at school, as well as taking care of the beautiful surroundings in which they learn, is demanded from all; nothing excuses bad manners.
Discipline and daily routine
The Buckswood day is punctuated by the school bell that tolls above the dining hall to signal it’s time to change class, go to lunch or hurry along to prep. Every child needs routine to structure their lives and learn the self-discipline that will be the foundation of their future success. When a child puts on their Buckswood school uniform they know the standards of behaviour that are expected of them. For generations of Buckswoodians, the structure of the school day and the decorum that every student must possess have been the corner stone of the Buckswood education.
The school motto is ‘we prepare for life’ and part of our preparation is building every child’s self-confidence. We recognise that talent comes in many different forms and not just in the classroom; and so we celebrate each child’s individual milestones because what comes easy for one, is an uphill struggle for another. By joining together and acknowledging achievements, our ‘family’ becomes a vast support network that encourages everyone to be the best they can be, in whatever field commands their talents.
Our weekly gatherings on a Friday afternoon draw a close to the week and give us chance to reflect on the past week’s achievements, sport results, musical performances and receive some moral instruction. Our assemblies are a grand affair held in the Great Hall, with all academic staff and prefects gowned and led in procession by the Buckswood Pipe and Drum band.
A colourful fiesta, the Sports Hall is transformed with the costumes, foods and music from every corner of the globe, and the day is a demonstration of the cultural awareness and harmony that exists at Buckswood. We believe that every student must have an understanding that difference is not something to be feared, and a deeper understanding of the world and it’s people is a valuable quality
Christmas Carol Concert
Every December, just before the end of the Christmas term the Buckswood extended family join together for a traditional service of 9 lessons and carols held in the beautiful Old Town area of Hastings. A very British occasion that is a favourite with our families and Old Buckswoodians, the event is one of two annual large get-togethers.
Speech and Sports Day
The largest event in the Buckswood calendar is Sports and Speech Day, held every June at the school. During the day, 2000 people join in the celebrations to end another year and wave of our graduates as they head to some of the best universities. The day begins with a Leavers Assembly in the Great Hall before the Equestrian display and tours of the school and a grand lunch with musical entertainment. The afternoon kicks off with the sports competitions held on the front field in both track and field events, champagne and strawberries follow and the whole day culminates in speeches and a prize giving ceremony to award trophies and cups and the end of year review.
Let us remember that at Buckswood every child has a talent. It is our job to firstly find that talent and to encourage each and every child to be the best at what they do. Here at Buckswood it is our responsibility to cast the net of opportunity so wide that any talent gets a chance to develop and to ensure that many of these talents should be just as highly ranked as academic scholarship. The concept of the average pupil must give way to the concept of an infinite variety of youngsters heading for an infinite variety of successes And secondly as I say the words of our school prayer putting aside which religion or culture we are from we should all focus on the values that we as individuals and as a school stand for. This week make us trustworthy, honest, reliable and kind. Help us to keep our promises and to strive for success. Help us today to keep our tempers and to control our tongues: to keep our thoughts from wandering and our minds from straying; to ensure that we have no enemies but deal with any problems through clear dialogue, so bringing us to the end of today with nothing to be sorry for and nothing left undone.