The Spring Term did not start in the way that we had hoped for or expected; however, it has been wonderful to see our school community pull together and adjust so quickly to online teaching and learning once again. Teachers and pupils have been enjoying some fantastic new tools on Google Meets, namely Jamboard (an interactive digital whiteboard) and also new breakout room features. The pupils have shown themselves to be resourceful and resilient learners, and have undertaken a number of exciting projects ranging from creative calligrammes to polished posters, and ingenious inventions to detailed dioramas.
In addition, the pupils have enjoyed a number of different challenges, ranging from the PE Department's Ultra Challenge in which the pupils track their minutes of exercise over the month of January to the creative challenge 'Life in Lockdown' which encourages pupils and staff to reflect upon the themes of gratitude, community, and reflection in a medium of their choice, be that photography, poetry, or musical composition. These have provided opportunities for pupils to step away from their screens, which is so important when learning from home!
Whilst all teaching and learning is happening online, a large number of our boarders have chosen to stay with us through the lockdown. After busy days of learning, they are enjoying relaxing and socialising in their bubbles. They have spent lots of time in the kitchen baking delicious gingerbread and cupcakes, and also perfecting their homemade pizza dough. In addition, the bubbles have been enjoying their daily exercise, be that basketball or dodgeball in the gym, a run along the beautiful beaches, or a walk down the coastal path. There have also been quizzes, flower arranging evenings, and bingo nights!
We also have a number of key worker children on campus each day, and are delighted to be able to support parents who are working on the frontline to fight the pandemic.
All in all, it has been another busy and exciting month at St Leonards!