School Life: Inside a Boarding School in Ireland

There is a movie coming out in September that I love the looks of. School Life is an observational documentary that follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Housed in an 18th century estate, school life embraces tradition and modernity. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For his wife Amanda, the key to connecting with children is the book, and she uses all means to snare the young minds. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms: what would retirement mean? What will keep them young if they leave?

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So could you do it? Could you send your elementary student off to a School Life in a boarding school? How about being the teachers? They seem so genuinely interested in their students, making sure they grow and become the best adults they can. The trailer talks of them starting as young children and ending their School Life popping into bars at 17. I’m not sure I could handle the kids being away for so long but if it was the only option I would hope that their school would be like Headfort. It looks like a fun, energetic, compassionate, caring school filled with students and teachers that want to be there.

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