Weekly Head’s Update 20.03.2020

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20th March 2020

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 What a different week this has been! I knew we were ready to go ‘virtual’, but I was not expecting the transition to be as slick, fun, engaging and enjoyable as it has been. Thank you all for your constant trust, feedback and support. Together, as a community, we will navigate through these tough times and, as a community, we will overcome any obstacles or barriers we may face.

The scope, variation and creativity of lessons delivered this week has been truly astonishing and is one of the reasons, I believe, our students have remained engaged and motivated. 

This week’s classes have included:

Science in the Kitchen, near pod quiz, live PE lessons, live cooking in Spanish, interactive support for M3 students on community Project preparation, live rehearsals for the Primary show, small group coaching for Diploma students, individual videos created to support exam-style questions, etc..

After a few days of virtual school, we asked for feedback from you and the students. Thank you for this. We need to get the balance right on workload, expectations, stretch, challenge and the mix of activities. Your ideas and comments will be used to address planning.

 Amidst this crazy time, I also must remind you that notice for withdrawal from Sotogrande International school in June is Tuesday 31st March at 4pm. Giving notice by this deadline will enable us to return your deposit.  Please email admissions@sis.gl . Clearly we hope that you all decide to stay and continue to choose SIS as a place of education for your children. This week alone has demonstrated the strength of our commitment to students, student learning and our community as a whole.

Whilst ongoing educational provision has been our priority, we would also like to update you on those wider school services, which during the schools’ closure, may not have been used as normal. Our intention is to take a ’fair use’ approach. As of April 1, 2020 (and for the remainder of the school closure), where we have costs with suppliers which vary by usage (such as transport for example), we will not invoice you for such services. As for the services that have not been used during March, we are determining whether we can recover our costs from the supplier.  If we are able to do so, we will credit your account for the next academic term with the appropriate net amount, for your future use once activities resume. You will appreciate that it will take time to work with suppliers and partners for school meals and transport. Additional services such as learning support, English Language Development, voice and peripatetic music lessons are continuing as normal and will be charged accordingly.  We will update you further once we have a clearer picture.

Finally, as the weekend approaches, I would like to remind you to keep safe. Please stay at home, reduce unnecessary travel and look after yourselves. Please keep an eye out for our community hashtag: #workingathometogether and keep sharing the fun activities you do with your children. 

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

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