Weekly Head’s Update 29.05.2020

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29th May 2020

Versión española

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend last week. The weather enabled so many more possibilities, as did the reduction of restrictions, allowing people in Malaga and Cadiz provinces to participate in activities equally. 

With just 2.5 weeks to go until the end of the school year, we have been turning our attention to the opening of our school in September. As with many aspects of these last few months, there remains much uncertainty as government guidelines, local autonomous community guidelines and best practice keep changing.

However, we believe that it is best to be prepared and therefore we are asking for your help. Over the summer we will be sending communications relating to our opening in September. It is critical that you keep abreast of these communications, as much of them will be central to the health and wellbeing of your children.

One of the most important aspects that we need to know is how many students we are likely to have on September 8th 2020. Whilst we are not clear about possible travel restrictions, possible quarantine times etc, we would very much value you taking the time to complete the attached form.

This will help us with our planning. We also understand that this situation is ever changing, so we will be sending similar forms out over the summer. Once again, your patience and support in completing these is critical.

This week, as part of their unit on helping, P2 children enjoyed having some guest speakers visit on BlueJeans to share stories of different ways people can help others. The children were thrilled to put their questions to those who have volunteered to support people, animals and nature both locally and internationally. On Wednesday, the P4 promo video for ‘Sally Sells Seashells’ was shared with the community. For anyone who missed it, here it is again

From Wednesday through to today, P6 children and teachers took part in their three day virtual camp challenge where they completed many different activities. These varied activities were connected mainly to sports, arts and science.

Finally, please put a note in your diaries for the Primary Virtual Sports Days. These will take place on:

Tuesday 9th June at the following times:

P1 at 9:30-10:30 / P2 at 11:30-12:30 / P3 at 1:30-2:30 / 

Wednesday 10th June at the following times:

P4 at 9:30-10:30 / P5 at 11:30-12:30 / P6 at 1:30-2:30

Thursday 11th June:

EC2 at 10:00-11:00. 

More information and details will be shared by the Primary Team next week.

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This week, our secondary students have been working on preparation for their summative assessments. These final assessments of the year will allow staff to complete summative reports. Over the next few weeks we have a number of exciting events, including our virtual sports day and end of year virtual assembly.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

Update from the Advisory panel 

The Advisory Panel had a virtual meeting on Monday 18th May with Nick Wergan, Education director for Europe.  The meeting focussed on 2 main areas; firstly, virtual school and secondly, the reopening in September.

Feedback from parents and staff about the school’s transition to virtual learning was positive.  Effective communication from the school and feedback and support from the IT team and teachers aided a smooth transition. 

The school has to be led by government guidelines regarding the return to school, but the intention is to commence the term as normal in September. However, due to the uncertainty on travel restrictions, we cannot be sure that this will happen. For families who will remain in Spain for the summer, where there will be no travel restrictions in place, the school will open as normal – unless we see a second spike.

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For those families who may not be able to attend due to travel restrictions, Inspired are investing heavily in IT resources and teacher training to enable a hybrid model to be developed, should we need it.

The ability to connect with Heads of Inspired schools around the world, which have already opened, further acts as reassurance to everyone. Experiences, policies and best practice are being reviewed which would result in the correct policies and effective approaches to be in place for our opening in September. Health and safety must lead the way, and we are prepared to run a full face-to-face school or a hybrid approach, to enable all students to be educated in September.

 

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