A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

I was very pleased to write to you earlier today to update you of our road map for a safe, staged return of all students to face-to-face learning before the end of Term 2. As outlined in my letter, the timeline is:

Friday 22 May 2020

  • ELC 3–4 students continue at school with onsite teaching and learning.
  • Prep–Year 12 Teaching Staff Preparation Day. No distance learning classes or on-site supervision to occur to allow teaching staff time to prepare their learning spaces for onsite teaching.

Week beginning Monday 25 May 2020

  • ELC 3–4 students continue at school with onsite teaching and learning for the week.
  • Prep–Year 2 and Years 10–12 students return to school for the week.
  • Years 3–6 and Years 7–9 students continue to study by distance learning for the week.

Week beginning Monday 1 June 2020 

  • ELC 3–4, Prep–Year 2 and Years 10–12 students continue at school with onsite teaching and learning for the week.
  • Years 3–6 and Years 7–9 students will begin to return to school in the first week of June, under a phased-in model. More information about this phased-in model and start dates for each year level will be communicated early next week by Heads of School.

Tuesday 9 June through to Friday 19 June 2020

  • All students (ELC–Year 12) continue at school with onsite teaching and learning.

Please visit the return to school information page on our website, which will be updated regularly to answer any questions you may have.

My thanks in advance to all families for your ongoing patience and support as we work through this process to ensure the safe return of our students.

 

A Word from the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus has been quoted as saying, ‘change is the only constant in life’. This seems particularly relevant now, having transitioned and adjusted to a different way of living and learning and soon to embark on a new series of changes, returning to a more normal way of life.

Last week a parent asked how we can support the boys now and in the future in managing these changes. The boys certainly need to be agile and resilient and while that comes easily to some, others may be struggling with uncertainty. One approach does not fit all and, as with everything, we need to treat each boy as an individual. This starts with their Tutors, Heads of House and Heads of Year knowing each boy and their strengths well through our pastoral care system.

Next week I have invited all Secondary School parents into the online space for a webinar on pastoral care and related matters through distance learning and the transition back to a face to face environment. If you have not done so already, please register and submit any questions you would like answered. 

Finally, a particular thank you also to the mothers who were able to join the virtual morning tea last Friday. This was our first foray into a virtual social event. It was lovely to see you all and I very much hope everyone enjoyed meeting some new people in their break out rooms.

 

From Christian Machar – Head of Student Leadership Years 7-12

At the recent whole school assembly (delivered via webinar), School Captains Jack Clarkson (Secondary) and Kenneth Yeung (Junior) shared a story from U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven’s book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World. It is a book that was given to all Prefects this year and is full of powerful lessons. Read the full article by Head of Student Leadership, Christian Machar.

 

Sweeping the Sheds

In week one of term, the call went out under the Oak for our boys to ‘Sweep the Sheds’. An initiative of Ms Anna Ladas and the Community Service Committee, the ‘Oak Challenge’ asked boys to complete 8 tasks over 8 weeks. From the famous book Legacy by James Kerr that details the habits and beliefs of one of the most successful teams in sport, to ‘Sweep the Sheds’ is to ‘never be too big to do the small things that need to be done’. Read the full article.