30 March 2020 Update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students


I hope that you have had as good a weekend as possible in the circumstances and are all well.


Educationally, there seems to have been little movement over the weekend. Our thoughts are now beginning to turn to how we think about approaches to learning once we return after the holidays. We really appreciate your support and understanding. I make no secret of the fact that my aim is to get us to the end of this week and then take stock of how we further refine and improve the learning experience moving forward after Easter.


We also know and appreciate that this scheme will need to be modified as we go forward, that there are inconsistencies and that it is posing you challenges. We are listening and working on it moving forward.


I did write this week’s blog, which is now live on the website and on Facebook and Twitter, indulging in a further late-70s musical introduction, before offering another history lesson and finally celebrating the heroism of those currently at the ‘frontline’.


And I also spent some time reflecting on how we might have managed this situation ‘remotely’ had it occurred even fifteen years ago - let alone when I started teaching in the late-1980s. I also clearly remember not knowing how to respond to my first email!


Now, over the last ten days, this somewhat unprepossessing image has become all to familiar as I leave yet another Teams... or was that Zoom or Hangout meeting!




Still, I suppose the common theme is the importance of keeping in regular contact, so for the start of this week:


  • As part of a normal school week, Years 7 through 9 participate in DEAR – Drop Everything and Read.  This is on a rolling programme and thus, takes place in a different lesson each week.  Students spend twenty minutes of a lesson reading a book.  In order to give students a rest from being in front of a screen for all their work, we would like to carry on with DEAR as part of our ‘virtual’ school day.  Each week, the selected period will pop up as a reminder on Show My Homework.  This week, students should DEAR during Period One. 


  • Another routine we have in school is the Word of the Week (WoW). Each Monday, we select a word and ask the students to use it in their conversations or in their school week.  Teachers will also display the WoW and use it in the classroom.  Again, each week the selected word will pop up as a reminder on Show My Homework.  Please encourage your child/ren to use the word during the week.






  • Amazon has cancelled the subscription of audio stories for children and students of all ages for as long as schools are closed, children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being children. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.


  • Watch out for a separate email from Mr Marshall later today about our second ‘In-House’ Challenge!


I will be in touch again on Wednesday, unless of course there are any major changes or developments over the next two days. Thank you once again for all your support. Thinking of you all.


Best wishes

D J Peaple