I have never had to welcome families and students back to the start of a new term in such unusual circumstances, as I am doing today. But then again, nothing is normal about the world at this very moment. I remain confident, however, that this will change in the very near future. Until then, welcome back to BISC’s Nord Anglia Virtual School Experience and all of the learning that our teachers and support staff are busy preparing and delivering to your children.
As we embark on the new term, building on the good start we have made, there are a couple of things I want to share with you all and new things we want to put in place.
I am sure by now many of you are missing access to the school’s library and reading books. We want to change this by offering you access on Thursdays and Fridays, beginning this week. This obviously needs to be done in a very careful manner in order to keep everyone safe. Therefore, we have established the following protocols:
- Families may book a 20 minute time slot to visit the Library. (You will be the only family in school)
- All visits need to be booked online and in advance via Sign Up Genius. Link Here
- Anyone who is currently unwell or has been unwell in the last 2 weeks is asked not to visit.
- On entering the school, please use the main entrance.
- You will be guided to wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer. We encourage you to wear masks and put on gloves.
- Once you have selected your books, a member of staff will record your choice(s).
- You will then be encouraged to re-wash your hands and exit the school via the Endhaven Lane top door.
- Any returned books will be placed in book bins, where they will be sanitized and isolated before being returned to the library shelves.
This is clearly an invitation, not an expectation, and we hope that you are able to make the best use of this opportunity. Access to Reading Scheme books will be overseen by your child’s class teacher and available for you to collect on your visit.
Friday Fun Days
Whilst everyone is making the most of the wonderful online (and offline) learning activities and virtual lessons provided by the Nord Anglia Virtual School Experience, we thought we’d inject a little bit of collective fun into the week. And so, Friday Fun Days will begin this week! Each Friday, there will be a themed collection of activities that we invite our whole community to take part in to be shared online with the whole BISC community.
The first two themes will be ‘Life in the Neighborhood’, followed by ‘The Great BISC Bake-off.’ More details to come!
I want to say a big thank you to so many of you for completing the questionnaire we sent out just before the break. Your feedback was both highly encouraging and supportive in suggesting ways that we can be even better.
Your positive comments really did make a difference: letting teachers and support staff know just how much you value the extra efforts they are all putting into to making the Virtual School Experience work so well. On all fronts, the vast majority of you rated the Nord Anglia Virtual School Experience very highly and were appreciative of the speed in which we set it up and the quality of interactions and activities being provided. You did suggest however, that you would like to see more live and recorded sessions. We have listened and our teachers are currently making plans to respond appropriately with an increased focus on this aspect of Virtual School.
We will be reaching out again shortly to see how everything is going via a communication that will be coming from each Phase Group leader. As a Leadership Team, we are monitoring the quality of provision as much in the Nord Anglia Virtual School Experience as we do when school is conducted on campus. Our observations are positive and match your feedback.
Whilst I am sure that you didn’t manage to travel anywhere over the Spring Break, I do hope that you have managed to make the most of the good weather and time together as a family. As far as I am aware, no one in the BISC community has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and long may that continue. If this is not the case, please do let us know so that we can all send our care and support to encourage recovery.
As a community, we have ensured that our staff is actively engaged and at work, either leading Virtual Learning, maintaining and preparing the school for our return, or leading our marketing and admissions efforts. As a Leadership Team, we are already making plans for our return and what that may look like when the go-ahead is given. We are all very keen to see this happen sooner rather than later, and we will be ready to return to campus as quickly as we were in setting up Virtual School.
Stay safe and once again thank you all for your patience, understanding and support. The BISC community really is a special one.
-Adam Stevens, Principal