Pupils and staff adapt to a virtual teaching and learning environment

Since 23 March, lessons at St Joseph’s have moved from in school to online using Google Classroom and Google Meets. Video conferencing has been used across all year groups including for individual music, speech and drama lessons.

The response from parents has been very positive:

“I want to thank you for rising to the challenge of a new way of teaching during this coronavirus pandemic.  It is something that you achieved within few weeks of being informed by the government and speaks highly of your desire to embrace technology.

You are the first set of teachers to have faced and conquered a challenge like this. 2020 will be remembered for your dedication and compassion.

As a parent, I have had a glimpse into my children’s way of learning and I am grateful for this opportunity. My children are lucky to have such ‘gurus’ who help and guide them.”

Over the last few weeks it has been wonderful to have pupils in Year 6 and below back in school, although lessons for Year 7 and above have had to continue virtually.

I have been so impressed with how pupils and staff have risen to the challenge of online learning, supported by parents. Photos of some of the work that our pupils have been completing during the lockdown can be found on the News section of our website.

Over the summer, I have set pupils in Years 4 to 10 the challenge to complete a piece of work for the Headmaster’s Scholarship Award. This year the theme for the award is, “How the world has changed during the last 125 years” reflecting that this academic year we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the College on 5 November 1894.

Whether to assist with their project or to help grow and develop a passion, we have put together a collection of websites in our Summer Resource Hub, which we hope pupils will find inspiring.

  • Andrew Colpus, Headmaster

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