Executive Principal’s Blog – 19.6.20: ‘Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!’
It was inspiring to listen to all the different House Assemblies this week and appreciate the many facets of the Theme of the Week ‘Teamwork’ that were being highlighted. Some Heads of House reminded us of the superb BMS Team that works together so well – even in these somewhat unusual times, and the hugely important role that our talented Associate Staff play in the life of the school.
One phrase used in Elm House’s Assembly and taken from one of the leadership ‘best sellers’ by John Maxwell inspired the title of this week’s EP’s Blog. It reminded me of the importance of the relationship with our incredible body of parents and carers and how vital their role is in working with us to ensure all students achieve at Bushey Meads.
Our extended Year 12 lessons that took place this week have gone extremely well and it has been a delight to see the happiness and positivity on the faces of both students and staff – genuinely enjoying engaging once more in ‘real-time learning.’ We couldn’t have done it without the support of our parents and carers – throughout this time of lockdown, but also with their support for the return to school.
On that note Mr O’Kelly, our outstanding Head of Sixth Form, had the pleasure of speaking to one parent who lavished praise on the teachers for providing such fantastic remote support during the last three months and on Tuesday of this week he toured the school with another Sixth Form parent who was concerned about the steps taken to keep his child safe. After the tour and discussion with staff the parent left saying he would be happily sending his Year 12 son into school from now on.
As we welcome limited numbers of students in all year groups back to BMS, in line with the government’s guidelines to offer face to face opportunities to those students who may be falling behind with their remote learning, we have had an increasing number of parents and carers contacting Reception requesting their children return to school.
Although learning in a physically distanced setting, the students are catching up with their work in a supervised environment with access to excellent support from both teachers and teaching assistants and are also really benefiting from being able to socialise once more with their peers.
As we see the glimpses of sunshine breaking through the clouds we have recently been in, the teamwork of all stakeholders enables a new day to start once more as we continue to fulfil our dream to enable all children at BMS to Aspire to Achieve.
With best wishes for a good weekend and as usual don’t forget to click on the link to this week’s BMS News.