Despite missing all the students at school, we feel confident and well-prepared for this mode of learning and I hope you and your family have seen the benefits of the programme so far.
Our aim for our Virtual School is that a child can access the same variety of curriculum areas as they would during the course of a regular school week. Creativity is just as important in our Virtual School as the academic rigour and this week I have seen a great variety of learning taking place. In Secondary, exams are taking place remotely which offer time sensitive, monitored and focused subject tests consisting of a mixture of multiple choice and open questions. Teachers are marking the tests on-line and will be able to offer constructive feedback in order to fully inform students of their next steps in learning. Intervention and support groups have been set up during our virtual lessons to enable individual help through using break out meetings on Microsoft Teams. This is important as we aim to provide more personalised differentiation.
In Primary, I have had the pleasure of seeing some of the Virtual School lesson taking place as many teachers are delivering these from their classrooms. Creativity in the delivery of problem solving tasks in maths and hot seat interviews in IPC really stimulated a great response from students. In subjects such as Art, supplies have been sent home to students in exam classes to ensure practical lessons can be delivered and this will be further developed if our Virtual School continues past the end of November.
I would like to thank our PTA this week for organising a community collection of good quality items and books. I had the pleasure of meeting representatives from the Warsaw Volunteer Mission yesterday as they collected the generous donations from our TBS families, outside our campus at Lim. All the items will be sorted and delivered to families who are struggling during these difficult times.