Admitedly, we were pretty well-prepared -we had planned for the closure of the school campus and the consequential move to a virtual school environment but honestly, I had not expected such a positive outcome.
As the parent survey showed, our teachers have really gone the extra mile over these last week prepping for virtual schooling, devising engaging lessons and ensuring that they are online and ‘live’ for every single lesson. Bearing in mind that many of our teachers are teaching couples and many have young learners at home themselves, it is testament to their utter professionalism and passion for teaching that your child’s virtual schooling has been so good. Of course, students miss being in school, seeing their teachers and most of all their friends but we, as teachers, have actually loved the challenge and innovation required with online teaching.
By the end of this week, those parents of Year 11 & 13 students will have received the bespoke learning programmes which we have devised for their children after having had the IB and (I)GCSE exams cancelled. I will then forward this information to all parents to show you how we have adapted our curriculum in response to this. This has been a huge collaborative effort and an exciting and innovative one.
We have taken the best of all feedback – from our experienced and skilled teachers as well as our vocal and eminently sensible students and I thank them all for their input and hard work. It is an exciting innovation and I firmly believe that the programmes we have devised will give our students a massively valuable term 3 of learning and know that we can count on you, as parents, to support your child so that they get the most out of every aspect of the programme. I will also be writing an end of term letter to all secondary parents where I will outline in more detail these programmes and also give you more information on the method of assessing for predicted grades for the external examinations.
On a final note, we are very conscious of the fact that the students and teachers need a break over the holidays. Despite the current restrictions on movement I would urge you to allow your children to rest and relax, recuperate and rejuvenate.
Do take some time to read through all the information we have been sending out of late and encourage your child to get involved in some of the Easter break activities which will be sent to you all. These can often be done ‘en famille’ and are an excellent opportunity for the whole family to have some fun, energetic and creative down time.
Our teachers have earned a well-deserved break. As you acknowledged in the parent survey, they have done an outstanding job of adapting to these challenging times. At the heart of all we do is ensuring we give our best for every child and nothing shows this better than the quality of provision over the last four weeks.
Please join me in thanking our teaching staff for such monumental efforts.
Head of Secondary