With such uncertainty ahead the routine of school and learning is something that we must look to maintain for the mental health and well-being of our community.
Whilst we have known for the last two months that there was a very significant possibility that we would have to close the school campus at some time this year and have spent the last six weeks preparing for this the speed with which the campus closures happened gave us little time to reflect.
This week as our students and staff settle in to the new routine of the Nord Anglia Virtual School Experience, I have been mightily impressed with the resilience and maturity displayed by our students and the adaptability and adeptness to new ways of working demonstrated by our staff. It is crucially important that over the coming weeks and possibly months we maintain as ‘normal’ a routine as possible for our students. This week our focus has been on establishing these routines and we continue to learn as to how best this can be done. At the beginning of next week we will be sending links to parent and student surveys where we will be asking children and as many parents as possible to complete the survey providing us with feedback to help us further develop our home learning approach.
Thank you to every parent who has taken the time to write in either to class teachers or a school leader to acknowledge the work that has been done to establish ‘normality’ for the children.
Many teachers will tell you that delivering a week of lessons online from distance and supporting children with additional resources and providing feedback and assessment is a lot more challenging than the ‘day job’! I have had many comments from parents positively comparing us with what is on offer at other schools and praising us for what we have managed to establish.
Over the coming weeks we will be modifying our provision as we continue to take feedback and learn what is working best whilst we will also be turning our attention to increasing our approach to well-being for our students. As the weeks develop into possibly months of isolation the mental health and well-being of our students will become an ever growing priority. We will be increasing the resources, opportunities and initiatives we provide our students to help them best cope with the longer term prospect of a Virtual School Experience
Whilst our campus might be closed at present I am immensely proud of our whole school community who have clearly demonstrated this week that our school remains open and is operating, albeit, in a different way.
Wishing every family a safe, restful and enjoyable weekend together.