29/04/2020

29 April 2020 Update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

 

I hope everyone continues to stay safe and well.

 

Thank you to all who have completed the Virtual Curriculum Questionnaires and/or emailed in with additional comments. They are extremely helpful in further understanding the online learning experience at home. Thus we have received 87 responses to the parent/carer questionnaire and 100 to the student.

 

From a related perspective, we held a virtual Heads of Learning Meeting on Monday where the main areas of focus, which perhaps inevitably overlapped, were on student welfare, the challenges of online learning and home communication.

 

These reflections, together with all the information gathered from your questionnaire responses and comments, will now be reviewed over the next couple of days and I will aim to feedback at the beginning of next week at the latest.

 

I am sorry that I omitted the Year 7/8 French trip from the list of those which are currently under review with the company’s insurers.

 

To allay any concerns that you might have regarding assessments, this is not going to be a series of tests or exams for your child to take.  The format and nature of assessments is at the discretion of the departments themselves and therefore should consider activities which are both manageable for students and their parents/carers and for staff to assess in a meaningful way to identify next steps in learning. 

 

Advance notice that Year 11 students who have applied to the Sixth Form will receive their first series of subject induction materials next week.

 

Parents and carers of students in Year 12 who are considering university applications may find the UCAS online live webinar tomorrow, 30 April helpful. Please follow the link below for further details:

 

https://facebook.com/ucasonline/

 

Also a reminder about a Free Webinar on Red2Blue from Gazing Consultancy on 4 May at 4.00pm. The webinar will be available to the whole school community, ie parents, carers, students and all staff, and is described by Gazing below:

 

‘Red2Blue’ was developed to support the mindset needed to perform at high level under great pressure. As we are now experiencing a time when our everyday working environments have been turned upside down and normal set routines are no longer possible, the pressure and associated anxiety are palpable.

 

In this webinar we will be positioning ‘Red2Blue’ as a framework to support your mindset and deal with the pressure of the Covid19 situation. It will focus on helping you and your colleagues to build the resilience needed to not only manage your current situation and your feelings around it, but also refocus your attention on the critical tasks and helpful activities linked to resetting and moving forward.

 

Stop Press: I have had a further discussion with colleagues from Gazing today, this really will be a fantastic session which will be specifically focused on challenges associated with online learning and home schooling and will be specifically set in a Park House context. Please can you indicate a provisional expression of interest to Tracey Taylor at Ttaylor@parkhouseschool.org by 3.30pm on Thursday 30 April. The session is being specifically planned for us and provisional numbers will determine the platform that will be used.

 

I look forward to writing to you again at the end of the week.

 

Best wishes

Derek Peaple

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