A New Term, A New Normal
The start of the Lent Term has commenced in a very different way to what we all envisaged as we sat back and enjoyed a well-earned rest over the Christmas break. However, with a solid online programme ready to dust off and fire up from the first lockdown last year, we were able to start the term in a really productive way. We continue to be impressed with the level of engagement from our pupils and are pleased to note that we have all retained a good working knowledge of MS Teams! In fact, various enhancements to the functionality are also being deployed where appropriate in several areas, and our Headmaster, Mr Chippendale, has remarked on his admiration and gratitude to pupils, teachers and parents for such a remarkable and effective response.
As before, one of the benefits of this digital solution is that he has been able to dip into almost any lesson at any point, with a fantastic birds-eye overview of the incredible scale of the interactions with the academic subjects. As well as that, he has been able to follow his nose down any subject-based rabbit hole in Teams and come across the output from hundreds of children. Pupil engagement has been encouraging, and the work being created across our school community is impressive; we have many pupils following Mr Hall's sporting challenges and activities to keep fit and active, and enjoy some time away from their screens, while over in DT, art, music and drama, pupils have a huge amount on offer, from baking and STEM experiments, to textiles, collages, drama monologues, body percussion exercises and music quizzes.
We appreciate that for some, the prospect of another bout of online learning at home was viewed with slight trepidation, as households had to quickly adapt to another 'new normal'. However, a positive by-product of these circumstances (for most!) is that parents have had the opportunity to enjoy learning something at the same time as their children and hence share a live conversation about the topics being explored.
Take a look below at just a few of things our pupils have been getting up to.
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