Executive Principal’s Blog – 20.3.20: ‘Unprecedented Times’
As our vibrant school community officially, and under government orders, closes today at 5.00 pm I want to wish you all the very best in these challenging times. There have been tears in school this week as students have realised the impact of the announcement on Wednesday afternoon and we will all miss each other greatly over what is likely to be the next few months.
As we work to support the strategy to limit the effect of the pandemic, remember our school’s values of respect, responsibility and relationships, continue to aspire to achieve (even in these difficult times) and always show kindness. It has been heart warming to hear of so many acts of kindness even this week; remembering to telephone the vulnerable and lonely who are having to self isolate, leaving simple food parcels on doorsteps etc.
Our dedicated staff will continue to be working in school where possible, or from home, and will continue to support your children’s education during the next few weeks and months. They will be setting work for your children to complete via email, google classrooms and various online learning platforms and will be marking it and providing feedback as appropriate. Do ask you children to be regularly checking their emails for information from their teachers.
Teachers will be paying particular attention to our Year 11 and 13 students to ensure that any knowledge gaps are filled before they embark on the next stage of their journey through education. We will also be particularly supporting our Year 10 and 12 students, as we do not want their education and examinations this time next year to be jeopardised.
To reiterate though, all children will be set their usual work on an ongoing basis and will be completing the same work, whether attending school or working from home, ensuring that none miss out on their education at this difficult time.
Today a questionnaire is being sent to all parents and carers to identify any students who are children of key workers and who need to be educated on the school site. Please do complete this as quickly as possible to assist with our planning.
As always I want to thank all students, staff, parents and carers and Governors and Trustees for your incredible support during these unprecedented times.
Best wishes to you all and as always don’t forget to click on the link to read about this week’s BMS News.