This week, the school certainly had an exciting buzz about it and has never felt so busy and happy with more students being back on campus. It was sometimes hard to see who was more excited, the students, teachers or parents!
It was also a very special week with the welcoming of Reception on to campus for the first time this year. With the potential that Reception students may be learning online for an extended period, it was a pleasant surprise to be emailing Reception parents about a return to on-campus learning. In the first three days, Reception have settled into routines very quickly and have begun getting used to their new surroundings. I had the privilege of visiting both the AM and PM classes and it was amazing to see how well they were getting to know their peers and exploring the classroom. There were clearly some favourite areas like the kitchen, painting and the outdoor space. Along with getting to know their teacher, Ms Rosanowski, they had also had a PE lesson with Mr Wookey and Chinese with Rong Laoshi (Ms Winnie Yung). It has been wonderful having Reception students back on campus and we are excited to continue seeing the students each day, watching their growth. Hopefully they have also been using a bit more energy and are sleeping through the night!
With the new schedule of half-days, incorporating both online and on-campus learning, there are new routines and schedules which everyone is getting used to at the moment. We thank families for their patience as we establish the best program we can for students’ learning from both home and school. We are aware that students being on campus and then being in a live lesson in the afternoon can be challenging for some families and we ask parents do what is best for their family. Each family’s situation is unique and we will continue to reflect on our practices and procedures to ensure we each family as best as we can.
We are very thankful for seeing more students on campus as we move toward the ‘normality’ of schooling.
Brendan Kean | Head of Primary