A warm welcome back to you all!
What a joy it has been to hear the sounds of children’s voices school once more reconnecting with their teachers, with one another and in their school-based learning once again.
The sense of a new beginning was in the air as students eagerly resumed learning in the classroom together this week.
The almost full attendance of students in country was a reflection of the strong desire to return to learning in school and a confidence in our preparations and routines to protect the health and safety of everyone in school. Whilst social distancing and infection control measures are a new and necessary feature of school life, as in all other parts of life, our students have already shown they will take them in their stride.
Gloves and masks are no obstacle to our students’ design and making skills in their DT lessons!
With distancing and masks our Year 12 language students make sure their communication and pronunciation is even clearer in Spanish lessons.
Our Year 11 students embarked upon a new Pre-IB programme today, a bridge between the now completed IGCSE and their IB Diploma Programme starting in August giving them a great head start in the next chapter of their learning.
Our Year 13 students who have also completed their formal IB Diploma programme with us have been invited back to school to join our Pre-University Transition programme designed to deepen their thinking and broaden minds in preparation for undergraduate study. A highlight of this week’s face to face sessions was the first in a series of lectures; Dr Finnigan presented on "You say you want a revolution" - The Beatles, a very well received social anthropology lecture. Personal transition skills are also addressed throughout the programme; deepening understanding and giving practical guidance on the phenomenon of culture shock featured in this week’s schedule.
And finally…. to all of those students and their families overseas so not able to rejoin us today, we miss you but we haven’t forgotten you and look forward to the time when we can welcome you back too. In the meantime it is so pleasing to hear that you are staying in touch with your teachers and that some students were able to join activities in class from afar despite time zones.
To everyone, have a safe and relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing all back in school on Monday.
Have a wonderful weekend,