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Durham International Announces Official Opening In January 2021

The Asian Weekly – 11 July 2020

Durham International has announced its new Nursery and Pre-Prep School in Nairobi will officially open in January 2021 for children entering Playgroup. Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) and Foundation Stage 2 (FS2). Admissions for Year 1 will be accepted for the academic year commencing September 2021.

With the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 closures, and as schools all around the world consider their readiness and protocols for re-opening. Durham International took a carefully considered decision to delay the opening of its new school until January 2021. Durham School’s Director of International Operations – Nick Millen OBE said, “After ex­tensive consultation with key stakeholders, it was decided that for the sake of safety and certainty of planning, an opening in Janu­ary will be in the best interests of the whole school community. We are confident that the Founding Families joining our new school will fully support this approach in these unprecedented times. Children joining us in Early Years will benefit from an exceptional educational experience at Durham, provid­ing a solid foundation in their formative year where they will develop a lifelong love for learning and a Confidence for Life.” Headteacher elect of Durham International Nurs­ery & Pre-Prep School – Sue Small said, “We look forward to welcoming children to our brand new school in January 2021. We know many parents are excited to join us as our Founding Families and become part of the international Durham community. We will have children joining Durham who will be starting school for the first time in Janu­ary. Children from other schools in Nairobi and children who are new to Kenya having moved from other countries. We are com­mitted to ensuring that every child will get the best possible start to their educational journey at Durham, one filled with happiness and where they develop a ‘Confidence for Life.’ Parents can be assured that our teach­ing team will shape the curriculum to suit the developing needs and interests of every child through a range of learning opportunities designed to be engaging, challenging and fun.”

Whilst Durham International Nursery & Pre- Prep School is a new school in Nairobi, it is operated in partnership with the 600-year- old traditions and heritage of Durham School UK. EYFS Director – Mrs Ann Champion said. “The School’s wonderful surroundings provide a safe and nurturing environment for our pupils as well as providing endless opportunities for outdoor play and learning. Our bespoke curriculum develops the ‘whole child’, with a focus on mindfulness and the teaching of our core values – Moral Integrity. Ambition. Respect and Kindness. This is the MARK of a Durham School education.”

The Asian Weekly

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