A Year 12 on a call yesterday told me that they could think more, as virtual learning was a bit more “at their pace”. Another, a Year 13 told me that they had started to realise how much they liked their teachers, and that they fully appreciated what they were able to access compared to their friends in other schools in Warsaw. She said that for some of her friends “school life had stopped, while for us, it’s just changed a little”.
I am continually reminded of how resilient our students are and this brings me to reflect on a favourite saying of mine “Plus et en vous” –“there is more in you” Never has this been both truer and evident in our students attitude towards lessons.
Students have waxed lyrically about Maths lessons with Mr P and great Chemistry lessons with Mrs P. Across the whole of the IB they are truly valuing what is being prepared and delivered, and furthermore impressed by the tech skills of the staff. Our staff, never known to shirk a challenge have launched themselves into this and have delivered great lessons on a daily basis.
I was the Head of Sixth From at the British School in Tokyo in 2011, when the large earthquake hit the east coast of Japan. For a time, the school was closed and I oversaw the virtual learning programme. I have seen the same resilience in our students this week that I did from the students in Tokyo then. A determination to do the very best in a particular situation and a staff willing to give their all in order to deliver the best lessons they can.
How’s it all going? …..we are doing good.
Mr. Matt Lennon
Head of IBDP