Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The announcement on Tuesday afternoon that the country would once again move to Alert level 4 was sudden but not unexpected. It was always a possibility that we would find ourselves back in lockdown, but deep down we all hoped that we would be lucky enough to escape being in this situation yet again. After a prolonged period of relative normality at school, we have quickly switched to our virtual school with students and teachers interacting online.
We know from experience that our approach to learning online works. It’s not easy for students and staff interacting through a screen all day, but it does allow us to continue to offer a high-quality learning experience for students. The learning environment might be different, but the same learning principles still apply. Excellent teaching and learning is underpinned by a set of learning principles supported by a wealth of educational research. Not surprisingly, top of the list of principles is the ability of the teacher to be able to connect and interact with students in a meaningful way.
Teachers are working extremely hard to ensure that their online classes are interesting and engaging and it is important that students continue to interact with their teachers in much the same way as they would in a classroom situation. I ask for your support in ensuring that your sons and daughters are punctual for their classes, that they are dressed appropriately, that they turn on their cameras and actively engage with their teachers by asking questions and volunteering answers.
At this stage we don’t know how long this lockdown will last but your support in reinforcing good habits at home will ensure that your child’s academic progress isn’t hindered by the current situation. I am especially mindful of our senior students as they prepare for their end of year Cambridge examinations as this is such a crucial time for them as they complete their courses and begin to revise for their final examinations. If they are feeling especially anxious, please contact their subject teacher or Dean for advice and support.
Thank you for your ongoing support, I hope you and your families stay safe and well as we navigate the challenges of this most recent lockdown.