I am very proud of the way in which we were able to act so swiftly in providing remote and distance learning for the children and we will continue to explore ways in which we may be able to offer Teams to Years 4 – 6 after Easter.
The way everyone, staff, pupils and parents have adapted over the last 8 days is quite remarkable, and a real testament to who we are as a community.
We have received a huge amount of appreciation and gratitude from pupils and parents, many are in awe of how we have made so much progress in such a short space of time.
Mrs Androulla Nicholas,
EYFS and Prep School
Students throughout our EYFS and Prep School have been fully engaged in continuing their education at home. Although the school building is closed, our staff and students are working from home to maintain the standard of education expected from Park School for Girls. You can get a glimpse of how Park has risen to the challenge from these comments and examples of work.
Students in Year 4 have been incredibly active and engaged in their home learning. They have created videoed news reports, book reviews and diaries expressing how they are feeling in the current climate. Each of the girls have an online portfolio where they are uploading their excellent work from home. In class, the girls are consistently taught to take responsibility for their own learning. These skills have left them incredibly well equipped to deal with the unprecedented changes to our learning environment. Each day, at lunch time, the girls come together for a group chat to catch up with their classmates and discuss the day’s activities.
Year 5 have continued their learning through the virtual world and have adjusted amazingly well, in what can only be described as uncertain times.
Students have been communicating with their teacher via email for the first week of closure, but the intention is for everyone to become more proficient with Class Dojo, over the coming weeks. Students have been emailing their work to their teacher who has been able to provide feedback.
We are so proud of how well they have adapted. As we continue to challenge and extend the girls by becoming even more creative and dynamic with our teaching, we cannot wait to see how the girls respond!
Mr McErlane and Mrs Hirani
As a school we always aim to be at the forefront of education, utilising different media to provide education and pastoral care to our students. Despite the current change in our circumstances, we continue to utilise a number of online platforms, including ZUMOS for pastoral care, ParentMail for communication with Parents and guardians and, our latest addition, Teams for Remote learning. We were able to respond swiftly and ensure that before school closures took effect, all pupils and staff had access on Teams on which they observe classes, take notes and submit assignments.
“I am honestly moved and proud of our students. They have shown diligence and a genuine professional attitude towards their education during these unpredictable times. The transition to Teams has been such a success mainly due to them.”
Art – A Tree in the Sun (Reception Class)
The art is an Andy Goldworthy inspired piece by one of our Reception Class pupils she has called it “A Tree in the Sun”
ICT – Blog (Year 3)
Before our early closure, Year 3 were working on a blog about the school to share with others on the website. The focus of this work is online safety – avoiding the use of personal information, keeping names and faces out of the entries. We would also have talked about making sure comments are always kind and positive, in keeping with the Park School Way. So, instead of talking about the school the girls have written about their first week at home in these most unusual circumstances. There seem to be some mixed feelings!
Examples of work submitted using Class Dojo
French – Easter in France (Year 9)
The French Year 9 group were asked, via our online classes following our school’s closure, to complete a project about Easter in France and the French traditions.
They received instructions via our online classes. It was an opportunity to share their ideas, ask each other questions and discuss the layout they will choose to complete their individual project.
Religious Studies – Hindu Caste Sytem
History – A Letter Home (Year 9 History)
Year 9 used source material to reconstruct a letter home from the First World War trenches. Their extension task was to underline any part of it they thought would not pass censorship.