Since our enforced closure from 5th February, our community of students, parents and teachers have worked extremely hard to ensure that we have remained focused upon 2 main things:
- The very best Virtual learning and teaching experience
- Staying safe and supporting ourselves and others
Our Virtual School Experience has developed week on week through a mixture of live lessons, group and independent tasks, extended projects, videos, internal and external sources and much more. It has been a privilege to see the enjoyment and enthusiasm from students that this new learning experience has brought to them. With learning at the heart of everything we do, I would like to thank all parents for their support of teachers and school staff in making the very best of what has been a very challenging situation for us all.
I do acknowledge and understand that Virtual School has been more challenging for some, compared to others. However, we can be proud of what we have all achieved, in a relatively short period of time. We will all look back at this time and say, ‘we were a part of that ...and look at what we achieved!’
Across the age ranges, students have developed their IT skills, learned how to communicate in different ways, understood prioritisation, become more independent and empathetic towards family and importantly they have shown more integrity, care and respect to friends, teachers and family.
Some of my personal highlights over the last few months have been:
- Taking part in live lessons from F1 to Year 13
- Attending Secondary Virtual Assembly
- Watching Year 3's Yoga
- Watching EYFS children explore their creativity with Home Learning Packs
- Virtual Parent Meetings
- Welcoming the first Y13 and Y10 students arriving back into school on Monday – priceless!
- Looking forward to welcoming back all of our students over the next few weeks
Return to School Plans
With the return of students to school this week, it has been great to see how much cooperation and respect has been shown towards social distancing measures, hand washing and sanitisation and all other measures that have been put into place that have been designed to keep our community safe.
All parents should now have received full details of our full return to school plans from Ms Rosy (Primary) and Mr Rudin (Secondary):
Please ensure that you talk through these plans with your children, prior to their return to school so that everyone is fully prepared especially in terms of:
- Drop off/Pick up procedures for Primary and Secondary
- Social Distancing at all times – as a school we will continue to reinforce this both inside and outside of classrooms
- Wearing a face mask in class is not mandatory; however, all students must continue wearing a mask on the way to school, before class, during break time, upon leaving class and on the way home.
- Hand sanitisation
- Wiping of tabletops
- Use of personal drink bottles – please carry them at all times, including lunchtime
- The Swimming pool remains closed until the social distancing is lifted officially by the DOET
No parents will be allowed access to any part of the school building. Any adult showing a temperature on or above 37.8 degrees will not be allowed access through the school gates.
As you can appreciate, we want to keep visitors to the school site to a minimum. If you urgently need to visit the school, please always make an appointment, and follow all school protocols. At present, we cannot allow casual ‘drop-in’ visits.
As mentioned in last week’s letter to all parents, until further notice, there will be no Extra Curricular Activities. As a measure to consolidate the excellent Virtual School Experience that has been in operation during the enforced closure, I can confirm we will be assessing all options to ensure maximised learning time, both for this academic year and into next.
Once all students are safely back into school and we are confident that effective routines are embedded, we will be further updating all parents on this matter.
I continue to encourage all our community to reach out to us if you need any support.
Please do not hesitate to contact us using the essential contacts below:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
Enquiries linked to Admissions:
(028) 3758 8033
A full list of our school contacts can be found here on our school website.
I would like to wish all of you a very pleasant and relaxing weekend ahead. Take care and continue to stay safe.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students remains the number one priority at BVIS HCMC. Should you have a concern for the welfare of any child in our school, please refer to our Safeguarding poster below: