Rarely does Canterbury have the opportunity to welcome a new family from overseas. This school year, however, one family has joined the Canterbury community directly from England.
Kay and Anthony Woods relocated with their daughters, Olwen (4th, Stagner) and Beatrice (2nd, McIlwain) as well as their cat, Polly, to Greensboro from their home in England. Anthony, a chemist by training, was born and raised in England and works in the wood coatings industry, which has a strong presence in the Triad due to its connection with the furniture industry. Kay spent some of her childhood, as well as her college years, in the United States. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Astrophysics. She has been self-employed for the last 10 years, writing books and articles for the childcare industry in the UK.
Upon discovering that their family would be relocating to the Triad for Anthony’s job, the Woods traveled to Greensboro to find a home and a school for Olwen and Beatrice. The Woods toured four schools.
“We all fell in love with Canterbury,” Kay says.
The Woods are thrilled with the small class sizes and the individualized attention the school is able to provide. The girls are settling in well. They enjoy school and are finding that their experience at Canterbury is rather similar to school in England.
Olwen participates in the Crazy Running club and enjoys swimming at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. She is enthusiastic about the Genius Hour Projects in which she has participated. She also was one of the winners of the Book Fair reading contest!
Beatrice has enjoyed the CBG (Caught Being Good) points, which Ms. McIlwain issues in class. Beatrice loves gymnastics and spends her extra time practicing at Tumblebees. The highlight of Beatrice’s year so far, however, has been in music class. She was allowed to teach her class an English song, along with the associated motions, titled I Am a Lighthouse. Once the class mastered the song, they performed for the entire school in chapel service.
As a family, the Woods love to go cycling and have explored the Greenway trails. They also have enjoyed the Greensboro Science Center, Country Park and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park — as well as the lovely weather. They do miss some of the food from England, but Kay said that they are making up for that by learning to love some of the wonderful American foods to which they are not accustomed. In fact, they recently celebrated their very first Thanksgiving — complete with turkey and all the trimmings — in Ohio with Kay’s best friend from high school.
We welcome this wonderful family to Greensboro and to the Canterbury community!
by Martha Newton
Martha Newton is a full-time mother of two and volunteer. She is new to the Canterbury community with a daughter in Pre-K. When she is not chauffeuring children or volunteering somewhere, Martha enjoys baking, sewing, and spending time with her family.