A man was walking along the beach one day. Ahead he noticed another, older man picking up a starfish that had become stranded on the sand and throwing it back into the sea.
“Why do you bother?” the man asked him. “The beach goes on for miles and countless starfish get stranded every day. You can’t really make a difference.”
The old man looked at the starfish in his hand and then he threw it to safety among the waves. “I can make a difference to this one,” he replied.
Countless children feel stranded at school – for some Calder House can make a real difference.
Former pupil writes
In July 2016 we received this letter from a formal pupil.
Everything is well with me. I am in year ten now and I am still at Stonar School. I am doing French and Business for my options as GCSEs. I have already done 25% of my French GCSE which was an oral exam and I got an A* . This was amazing - I'm so happy with this result. My English is going well thanks to your help at Calder House. At the moment we are doing poetry course work and we have to anlayse six poems and then write a seven to eight page essay about them
Former parent writes
In July 2013 we received this letter from a former parent.
I thought you might like news of one of your pupils, my daughter.
Before coming to Calder House, she had been bottom of her class in every subject at her previous school. The year after leaving Calder House, she won the Science prize at Queen Mary's Baldersby. Later, she was to win an Exhibition to Ampleforth 6th form. Her university applications were accepted by every university she applied for, including Warwick, York, Durham, St Andrews and Manchester. But she chose Edinburgh.
Yesterday I went up to Edinburgh to see her awarded her Masters Degree in Chemistry for Medicinal and Biological Science. She spoke with great affection of how Calder House had helped so greatly.
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