On Monday, we will officially launch the i Love Glennie Schooling concept. In developing this remote model of schooling, our focus has been twofold: to ensure staff and students are able to deliver and receive the best remote teaching and learning experience possible, which continues to encapsulate the heart of a Glennie education:
Visually, I Love Glennie Schooling will have a virtual landing page, which will provide tips for working, keeping active, staying connected as a community and wellbeing. It will also provide a structure for students to manage their time and learning.
In terms of this last aspect, in the Middle and Senior Years, this will involve students:
In terms of software to support connection and learning, we have enabled student access to Google Hangouts (an instant messaging service) that is part of our Google Suite of tools, for all students in Years 7 to 12. Google Hangouts will allow face-to-face chat time with teachers and students to support our community to stay connected.
Parents are encouraged to enact some ‘house-rules’ around devices. For example:
Please be assured that I Love Glennie Schooling is not about virtual education. Lessons will not be delivered exclusively online: there will be a balance between online instruction and offline material, combined with resources that students already have or can get access to. The most important thing is that students and families communicate connectivity challenges with their teachers in order to brainstorm solutions that support the continuity of learning.
Members of the Senior Leadership Team, our Heads of House and School Psychologist will be available via regular communication channels (email and School telephone numbers). Please do not hesitate to contact any of us for teaching, learning and pastoral matters.
I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the entire school community during this challenging period. It has been encouraging to know that you understand our need to invest the right amount of time to get ready for remote delivery in a way that ensures we can continue to operate as a school that places people, partnerships, and positivity at the heart of teaching, learning and pastoral care.
Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Deputy Principal - Head of Curriculum