Digital Resilience - How has St Nicholas School Overcome The Current Situation
Remote Learning via Microsoft Teams
Our remote learning platform, delivered using Microsoft 'Teams' has been a runaway success! Thanks to the hard work of all staff at St Nicholas', pupils in the Infant, Junior and Senior departments are thriving in their remote lessons.
It really is 'business as usual' with a determined effort to keep things as close to normal as possible. Dr Wright hosts a virtual assembly every Monday morning at 8.45am; there are staff briefings; teachers' meetings; daily registrations; PSHE sessions and also the continuation of examinations and assessments....all through the medium of Teams.
The school currently offers
- One to one communication with teachers to sustain pastoral care, curriculum support & ELSA
- Live lessons all day in subjects including sport, music, drama, yo-chi and PSHE
- Online concerts, private music lessons, LAMDA and Street Dance lessons
- Online form tutor time
- Weekly assembly
The curriculum for all stages has continued virtually uninterrupted and despite this having been a time of incredible challenge, has also provided St Nicholas' staff and pupils with the chance to experiment and innovate. It is very exciting for all of us to have embraced this new way of working, having done so in such an effective manner.
COVID hasn't stopped us, it has made us embrace a new way of working...
Year 6 Teambuilding Taster In October we welcomed a number of Year 6 children to attend a fantastic 'Teambuilding Taster' that we held outside in our fantastic grounds. The girls had a fantastic time, working collaboratively on a number of tasks using a arrangement of materials. Sanitising and temperature checks were taken before the event could commence but the children really enjoyed having some fun and the whole event was rounded off with some yummy hot chocolate!
Junior production 'Peter Pan' delivered virtually
The lockdown has not stopped us ensuring that our Junior production 'Peter Pan' could still go ahead in December. Our Drama and I.T Department worked hard to ensure that all our Junior pupils recorded their parts in 'bubbles' and the production was edited to deliver a fantastic performance!
St Nick's Search For RudolphChristmas this year has been very strange for us all, however, at St Nicholas' keeping the spirit of Christmas alive for pupils, parents and staff was one of our main priorities. We continued to display our 10ft Christmas tree in Redfields House, placed lights and decorations around Branksomewood and ensured that the Junior Christmas Assembly, Senior Carol Service and Music Concerts would still go ahead virtually.
We held an event for our Infant Department and prospective families called 'St Nick's Search For Rudolph' that consisted of a magical Christmas walk through our enchanted woodland, searching for St Nicholas' lost reindeer Rudolph. The children that found our 8ft blow up reindeer would then be given a gift. The event consisted of a meet with Santa which all the children enjoyed with hot chocolate, refreshments and mulled wine for the adults! A truly wonderful event.
A Visit From Hail and Jet
To keep the spirits high for all our pupils this year. We had a fleeting visit from reindeer Hail and Jet from Riverways Farm.
The children learnt a number of fantastic facts!
Used with permission from Microsoft
What is Microsoft Teams?