I know teachers have found it a relief to be back together again. It has certainly boosted my wellbeing to be back in a school that feels like a school and I hope that students are feeling the same way too. None the less, I know that being back comes with its challenges! Being in a room full of people wearing masks is making it harder to know how everyone is feeling and we are missing seeing smiles exchanged in the corridors. For those students who are finding it difficult please remember that staff are here to listen and offer advice where needed. Some bloggers from Young Minds have shared their experiences about returning to school here and many of these feelings may well be echoed by students here at TBS.
We began our PSHE curriculum this year by taking some time to talk to students about their feelings following lockdown and what it’s like to be returning to school. We felt that it was important to make the most of being back together in person, taking time away from computer screens to really reflect on the situation. The comments from students were heart warmingly positive as they talked about being glad to spend time with their friends again as well as knowing that the quality of their learning is so much better when they get to come to school. An important aspect of wellbeing is finding the time to express gratitude and perhaps having been away for so long has provided an opportunity for students to reflect on how grateful they can feel for school.
Each year group is managing being back in their own way, and our head students have shared some of their feelings about returning:
"We are excited to be back in school as Year 13 for many reasons, but most importantly to see and to speak to those who we couldn't see or couldn't speak to over the long lockdown period and summer, as we all grew to miss our peers. We are excited to take on the final year of our IB diploma and are looking forward to learning and preparing for exams face to face with our teachers, in masks of course! We all are happy to be back and are ready as well as optimistic about the challenging year ahead."
Pawel O. Y. 13.
"After a few months of online learning, going back to school, we are all excited to see our teachers and friends. Personally, I am looking forward to more interactive lessons and be back in the positive atmosphere that always exists at school. Everyone is looking forward to a very busy but exciting school year"
Zofia G. Y. 13.
In order to look after the wellbeing of our wider community we will be re-starting our virtual wellbeing café from next week on Friday mornings via zoom. All parents are welcome to drop in and have a chat about anything that’s concerning them or simply just to have a chance to touch base with school from 10:00 am.
Deputy Head Pastoral