I have spoken to a number of students who made the most of the good weather and the countryside which sounds like a wonderful way to recharge. Meanwhile I know that those who stayed in Warsaw have also been treated to a beautiful city in autumn, watching the leaves change colour!
As we begin a new term, once again facing changes in how we learn, I know that it can feel challenging. I try to look on the bright side of things so have been reflecting on some of the positives. I feel very grateful for having had the opportunity to spend a term in school getting to know students and staff in person to start the year. I hope that having had 8 weeks of learning in person students will feel more comfortable with their teachers and that this will mean that online learning is as good as it can be. In only a week I’ve been amazed to see how students who find a physical classroom to be a little distracting can excel in online lessons and push themselves more than they’ve ever done before. I’ve heard students who appear shy speaking up when in school finding their voice when learning through Microsoft teams.
While appreciating that there are positives to be found in online learning, I don’t wish to diminish the downside. As a school we are aware of how much the students miss coming in, just as we miss having them here. I want to encourage students to stay in touch with teachers as much as possible and let us know of any barriers they are facing. Beginning this week all secondary students will have one to one meetings with their form tutors on a rota basis for as long as school is operating online. I encourage them to make the most of these meetings and use them to look for solutions. The social side of school isn’t to be overlooked either and we are in the process of planning a Teams group for students who wish to socialise during break and lunch time.
I wish everyone a positive and productive term.
Deputy Head Pastoral