The Week Ahead 30 April 2020
08 May 2020
From the Master 来自校长 마스터Dear parents I wanted to use this column this week to reflect a little on one of the school’s main areas of focus over the past three years: building channels of communication with parents. We have worked hard to develop message formats which parents find readily accessible, but which also offer timely notification of news and events from across the school. All great schools aspire to foster a community spirit, opening up dialogue between home and school so that parents feel as included as their children and the staff in the school’s work. Communication has arguably never been more important than during the recent coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented nature of the impact of the disease on all parts of society has often left parents (and it must be admitted, schools) yearning for certainty in the messages they get. It has not always been possible to offer the familiar reassurances, and this has tested the resilience and patience of us all. In this context, I am delighted that we have still been able to offer a full programme of live lessons, parent evenings and briefings, Meet the Master sessions, and a Week Ahead which offers an important link to our wider community. I note this week that, as well as a parent briefing on transitions from Year 6-7, we are advertising the first online ‘take your mother to school’ day (Monday 11th May), an experience which many parents may well be familiar with after so many weeks of eLearning. Through events such as these, as well as the programme of other parent engagements with the school, I hope to strengthen still further a community that understands one another better, and that works collectively to offer the very best education to your child. There have been no simple answers during the coronavirus outbreak. The school, just as with any organisation, has been forced to adapt and learn from the experience of the previous three months, but I am of the firm belief that schools which have the capacity to learn these lessons will emerge as far stronger institutions. Ignoring the experiences of the past 12 weeks, writing them off as unique and therefore unrepeatable, would be foolish. The world has changed since January 2020, and in many ways, these changes will be with us for far longer than the spectre of coronavirus. Adapting to these changes - indeed, in some cases, embracing them - can only help the school to grow. Just as we teach resilience to our pupils, the school too has become more resilient to the unexpected or the catastrophic. As we move into a new era, with more and more year groups gradually admitted back into the school, my colleagues and I are determined to adapt our practice to better meet the needs of our learners, families and staff. As a start, I will be writing to all parents in the next few days to outline some of the ways we see of achieving this goal. You will hear about our Annual Review process and result; the plans for developing greater eLearning capacity in future, as our partnership with Microsoft matures; there will be news about the exciting academic plans for the coming year and more on how we keep your children safer in our school. Best wishes Julian Jeffrey MASTER WEBINAR: E-LEARNING AND CHALLENGES FOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN TIANJIN DURING THE PREPARATION FOR CLASS RESUMPTION Online Via Zoom 1330hrs-1530hrs, Wednesday 6th May As the COVID-19 has been successfully controlled in China, schools are gradually resuming classes or are preparing for re-opening. This shows that certainly, the city is making progress back to normality albeit in stages. During this period schools across Tianjin and China have been working relentlessly to protect students, parents and staff while maintaining a high standard of education with creative thinking and flexible practices. Hosted by the European Chamber Tianjin Chapter, Wellington College Tianjin cordially invites you to join Mr. Julian Jeffrey from Wellington College Tianjin, and 3 other well-known international schools in Tianjin who will offer their views on recent events and talk about the challenges and measures schools have taken, they will also share their insights on the future for schools in China. Topics:
- The experience of e-learning
- Supporting pupils, parents and staff at home
- Managing the reopening: health and safety processes & reopening challenges
- E-Learning after COVID-19
Reserve Your TicketFree tickets will be provided to parents and staff of Wellington College Tianjin, by registering in the first instance by email to email@example.com before 1500hrs 4th May 2020.