I hope you and your families are well and had an enjoyable Chinese New Year holiday.

In recent years it has been said E-Learning has completely transformed the way in which learning is imparted to students. Unlike traditional chalk and board method of teaching, E-Learning makes learning simpler, easier, and more effective. Unlike classroom teaching, with online learning students are able to access the content an unlimited number of times. This is especially required for our senior students at this crucial time prior to their external IGCSE and A Level examinations.

I am delighted with how our secondary students and staff have responded to our first week of E-learning.

Our A Level scientists have been studying the heart, circulatory system and the Bohr Effect using a combination of examination questions, research tasks and screencast videos from Mrs Van Balveren. Our KS3 scientists have been invited to a live video conference lesson with Mr Linsell to learn about heat and thermal energy.

In Mathematics all students have been given access to personalised screencasts from Mr Rosenberg and Mr Clifton. The aim of these screencasts has been to teach new curriculum content prior to students attempting questions to which they receive individual feedback.

In ICT and Computer Science Mr Bell has uploaded a web quest which challenges students to combine their competencies in ICT with their subject knowledge of History. This activity is a wonderful example of cross-curricular collaboration and I would like to thank all students who have been participating in this so far.

The entire Secondary staff remain committed to providing engaging and meaningful E-learning to all our Secondary students and providing them with the excellent learning opportunities that will arise from this.

Paul Farrell
Head of Secondary and Vice Principal