Less than twelve hours after the Prime Minister announced we would be working from home for at least this half term, we had set up all of our lessons, assemblies, tutor time, PSHE, DEAR time (drop everything and read), challenges, activities and parents' evenings.
As a school dedicated to the use of Microsoft's software, we are all familiar with its functionality for providing seamless communication between us when working remotely and also for providing the very best experience for all of our pupils. Our Nursery is open but from Reception up to Year 11, all pupils are having a full timetable of lessons and extra-curricular activities via the Teams platform.
Teams has evolved since our first foray into remote learning but with the dedicated input and support of our Head of IT, who happens to be a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, there is nothing we can't embrace if we think it will help the girls. We are particularly enjoying the use of 'breakout' rooms this time round!
We know that the wellbeing of the whole school community is every bit as important as the content of lessons, so we have a number of challenges, activities and competitions with which everyone can get involved - and with dedicated time to do so now part of the timetable. For example, this week we’ve got 'Round The World' with the PE Department'; 'Life In Lockdown' with the Art Department; 'Bake Off' with the Food Tech Department and a 'Bugsy Malone Dance Challenge' with the Drama Department to keep us all busy! We also have an on-going 'Happiness Challenge' that is running throughout this half of term.
We are all looking forward to the moment when we can be back in school and seeing one another again, but until then, St Nick's is making the very best of the lockdown: taking it all in our stride.
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Dr O Wright