Thursday July 1 2021

Newsflash 30/6/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Follow Up to Last Night’s Parents Engagement Meeting:

Thank you to the 120 parents who joined us last night! We appreciate your sacrifice and input. We had hoped that all parents would attend as per the invitation but remain hopeful that in time, this will become a reality. 

Some Key Points to Emphasise:

Work Plans:

  • In July the plan is for teachers to finish syllabus coverage for examination subjects and ongoing syllabus coverage for non-examination subjects. 
  • In August the focus will be examination preparation inclusive of Mock Examinations and Internal Examinations with results guiding the revision programme for September.
  • In October-November public examinations happen for Form 2s, Form 3s, Form 4s, Lower 6s and Upper 6s. Form 1s continue with their syllabus coverage and preparations for internal examinations. 
  • In November all Form 1s, Form 2s and Form 3s will write Internal End of Year Examinations and Lower 6s will start on the A2 syllabus coverage. 

Giving Your Children the Best Chance of Success:

  • Ensure adequate internet connection (Approx 2GB per day).
  • Try to have a back up power source to avoid missing lessons in ‘real time’.
  • Ensure your child has a quiet working space and that they have all of their textbooks, exercise books and stationery available to them.
  • With just over 1 month to go before mock-internal examinations, ask to see your child’s revision timetable and help hold them accountable to their plan. 

‘Real Time’ vs Catch Up Later:

  • Whilst all lessons are being recorded and uploaded into Google Classroom, the value of real time interactions with the teacher cannot be undervalued, neither can class discussions and interactions. This time is how one explores content and tests understanding without the success or failure of it being expressed in a mark. 
  • Cambridge syllabi is skills based – skills need to be taught and guided as well as practiced. The teacher plays a key role in this and is something that requires time to refine. Learning is no longer just about information, and is not easily ‘caught up’.

The Daily Programme:

  • Please see the attached Form Class timetables to see your child’s schedule. 
  • Lessons start at 8am. Form 1s, Form 2s, Lower 6s and Upper 6s end lessons at 1pm. Form 3s and Form 4s end lessons at 3:30pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 1pm on Fridays. 
  • Assemblies will happen on Mondays at 7:40am. Note that this week Forms 4, Lower 6s and Upper 6s will however have an assembly on Friday at 7:40am. 

Parental Monitoring:

  • Please track progress through the Google Classroom parents monitoring option. This allows you to keep track of your child’s academic programme, assignments and results. If you are unsure how to access this, please let us know. 
  • Marks are uploaded into Google Classrooms as work is marked. Marks are transferred into Senatical once a week so feel free to make use of either platforms. Senatical allows you to view all subject marks in one place. Google Classroom will require you to visit the different subject classrooms to see the different marks. 

On Line Learning Behaviour Expectations:

  • Pupils are to keep their cameras and microphones off when not engaged in class discussions or responding to questions. Contributions to lessons should be meaningful and helpful. 
  • Appropriate language is to be used – subject appropriate as well as formal, classroom language.  
  • Tasks set by teachers are not suggestion. Pupils are to complete them and submit on time. They are also to do them to the best of their ability. 
  • Pupils are to desist from being involved in cyber-bullying, and are to alert one’s teacher immediately if they are being targeted. 

What are Cambridge Saying about October-November Examinations:

  • At this stage they are going ahead as planned in centres where it is safe to do so. 
  • The only adjustments made by them so far are in technical subjects where requirements have been altered. 
  • In the event that physical examinations are cancelled, coursework marks will be used – and it is THEREFORE VERY IMPORTANT for students to turn in all assigned work and to give it their best efforts. 
  • You are reminded that the deadline for Cambridge registrations and payments is MONDAY 5 JULY, 2021.  

Open Door Policy:

  • Our desire is to see all of our pupils achieve their full potential. This is achieved through collaboration. Our ‘door is open’! 

Reflection 

“Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)