Dear parents and guardians,
It seems strange to not be welcoming everyone back through the gates of the school at the start of the summer term, but these are not exactly normal times! We ended last term with our remote schooling programme underway with 4192 Google Meets and 7255 Google Classroom posts taking place over that last week across the Foundation!
It’s been lovely to hear from both parents and students about their experiences over our first trial adventure at the end of last term, and it’s clear from our survey at the end of term that our students are adapting quickly to this new way of working.
We’ll be continuing to adapt and evolve over the coming weeks as we all gain more experience about what works best in different areas, and I look forward to seeing more examples of the creativity of our teachers and pupils in the coming weeks! Please do email me or tweet us (@SPFSeniors) with interesting examples.
I ended last term with an assembly encouraging people to try something new over the Easter break to make it feel more like a break. I’ve really enjoyed reading about what people have been getting up to for their #SPFsomethingnew; whether it was baking, dancing, learning a language, painting, or learning how to do a rubik’s cube! As we settle into the new routine of remote schooling, I encourage people to continue to seek out more opportunities to try new things. I’ve been working on my baking and I’m planning on experimenting with some sourdough this term for my own #SPFsomethingnew!
I started the term by talking to the students in my third e’ssembly about our reasons to be hopeful. The world is a scary place at the moment, but beyond the immediate coronavirus crisis there are reasons to believe that we can create something good from all of this, and that the new world we enter when this ends, and it will, might be just a little bit better than the one we left behind. Click the link if you want to have a listen.
We look forward to the day when we are allowed to reopen the buildings and welcome the students back to the physical site, but until then, as we move into this new and far from normal summer term, let’s all try to find our own reasons to be hopeful!
Dr Andy Kemp
Head of Senior School