Online learning @ TSS

Mr Andrew Hawkins – Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School

We are very mindful of the stress and anxiety of the current situation at every level of society. Small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness go a long way to improving the immediate world of those around us during such times. In the TSS context, we are particularly grateful for the generous and dedicated work of all staff across the School. The teachers have been the face of this for many boys and I would request that parents continue to extend patience and thankfulness to their son’s teachers for their efforts, particularly as we launch our first remote learning platform in our 120 year history.

No doubt all of us are going to be impacted in some way by this event, in the short and long term. The decision to ground aircraft fleets, shut down borders and close all recreational activities will have a huge economic impact both locally and globally.

Here is an excerpt from Mr Bland. The Delpratt Housemaster wrote this in his newsletter this week, and I think it encompasses the TSS spirit perfectly:

After this event perhaps we will all become more thankful for the little things we have, nicer to our neighbours, more attentive to conversations, less reliant on technology, less desire for luxuries, less likely to complain (about things like dining hall food), more patient and tolerant of others….and even more likely to have our own veggie garden. (which I will maintain on campus over the holidays).

I was thinking this morning about how we continue to maintain our sense of community in these uncertain times and would like to leave the option open of sharing photos and clips from home. Perhaps depending on the numbers, I could even create some videos of the goings-on of the Delpratt community over the foreseeable future.

Of course, this is just an option, as it would be great if we could maintain our sense of community in this manner and share some positive messages. Clips or pictures can just be anything that the boys are up to at home from studying, working, or recreation. Anything at all that demonstrates that despite the adversity faced, your boys remain resilient, positive and are “cracking-on”.

The PE Staff are already looking at some online physical activity home workouts for students to maintain a sense of health and wellbeing as we move to an online learning model. As a school, we could also look at a platform to get pictures and clips together of home learning and the creative ways parents are occupying their children’s time also during these very uncertain times. We would be happy to hear of any ways we can do the online learning better once we get underway this week.

Please stay safe and take care in the upcoming weeks as we navigate through this unprecedented landscape.

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