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Head of School Blog

Date: 25 SEP 2020
We were delighted to welcome back our Year 1-3 and St. Bosco students to on-site classes this week. The children have taken it all in their stride and really adapted to their new classroom surroundings. Having had a number of weeks learning online with their current teachers and teaching assistants has made it much easier for them to come back and feel settled and ready to learn. We are excited to welcome back the rest of our students next Tuesday and to really establish our Anfield family here in school. Thank you to all of the grown-ups who are dropping off and picking up under our new systems, it has been working well and is ensuring we can maintain social distancing measures and the safety of our children at all times.
 
In order to keep our bodies healthy and fuel our minds while we are at school, I would remind you to send the children in with a healthy snack each day. One item is all they need to give them a quick ‘pick me up’ at break time and enable them to have more time to socialise and move around with their friends outside.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School


18th September 2020
It has been fantastic to have the sound of children’s voices filling our campus again this week. As some of our youngest and newest students have been in to school for their Induction Sessions from Wednesday onwards, I have been so proud of the way in which they have adapted to their new surroundings. They have entered school confidently and excited about their new adventures and I thank parents for helping to make that happen. I know how anxious you are about them starting school anyway, and doing that during a global pandemic adds additional challenges! They have been wonderful and I know that the staff will continue to foster that positive attitude in their learning as we move forward with this next phase of their schooling.
 
We are fully prepared to welcome back all of our Year 1-3 and St. Bosco Class students from next Wednesday, 23rd September. May I take this opportunity to remind all parents that there is NO parking in school or on the roadside outside of school. When all of the students are back and the school buses are running, it causes unnecessary traffic congestion and safety risk to our students in the morning and at the end of the school day. There is visitor parking available in the Worldwide Gardens Carpark which I would urge you to use in order to keep yourself and our children safe.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



11th September 2020
It was wonderful to have so many parents join our online Curriculum Evening this week and for the teachers to share the year ahead for the children. We are continuing to plan for the students returning to face-face schooling and will be sending you more information in the coming days about what that will look like for each child. We look forward to being able to welcome our newest students in to school next week for their induction sessions before school resumes.
 
The staff are continually impressed with the attitude to learning that the children are demonstrating online, it is a credit to their resilience and positive growth mindset. Whilst we recognise that we cannot replicate social situations in the same way across a computer as we would in school, it was heartening to hear a story from one of our younger classes this week. Students were chatting together and sharing what they had made before the teacher began the lesson, one child was upset as they wanted to add sparkles to their creation but didn’t have any at home. A classmate suddenly left their screen and returned with a jar of sparkles they wanted to share to help finish the product, true Anfield family spirit in action!
 
The kindness and empathy of our children remains strong during these challenging times.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



4th September 2020
We were delighted to get the news this week that we can begin making plans for the students to return to face-to-face lessons before the end of the month. We are putting plans in place to make this as smooth a transition back to live learning as possible, whilst keeping the health and wellbeing of all of our Anfield students at the forefront of our thoughts.
The staff are looking forward to sharing their plans for the year ahead with you all at the Curriculum Evening on Tuesday 8th September. There will be time at the end of the session for you to ask any questions that you may have about the curriculum and year ahead for your child. Teachers will post the Google Meet codes on the Google Classroom stream 30mins before the sessions.
Class sessions 5.30 – 6.15pm
Mandarin sessions 6.30-7.15pm
 
Have a lovely weekend, stay safe and stay healthy.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School

28th August 2020
It has been wonderful to have our students back with us this week and to see their energy and enthusiasm demonstrated in their online learning.  
I am proud of the positive growth mindset shown by students (and parents) at home when navigating new technologies, it’s amazing how much we have all learned in a short space of time. Who would have thought 8 months ago we would have become so tech savvy!
All of the staff have enjoyed getting to know their new students this week. It takes time to build new relationships and that is made more challenging across a computer screen; but they are constantly finding new ways to communicate ideas, share hands-on learning and continue to make learning fun for the students.
Please take some time to watch our online celebration assembly together this weekend, it has been posted on the Google Classroom streams.
Enjoy a well-deserved rest and some relaxation time this weekend, we will see you all online again next week.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School

21st August 2020
I am excited to be writing my first post of the academic year and my first as Head of School at Anfield. Whilst it is not the start of year we had all hoped and prayed for, it is a new chapter nonetheless and one we are fully committed to making a success.
I am delighted to welcome new students, parents and staff to our Anfield Family and also to be welcoming back so many familiar faces once again. The start of a new term brings with it many different feelings and emotions. The excitement/fear of moving on to a new school, class, job or even country, the possibilities brought about by new experiences and the challenge of making friends/learning different ways of working. 2020 has taught all of us that despite every effort, there are some things in life we simply cannot change or control, no matter how much we want to. We need to learn to adapt, to get creative, and at times, to accept that there is a new way of living and working. Our staff have been busy preparing the online learning experiences for our students to begin next week and are excited to meet their new classes and share learning with them. They have worked tirelessly to gain new skills, to learn about new apps/software and to be able to enhance the high-quality e-learning experiences that we are providing. We have adapted our curriculum to be able to share it all with you online and we can’t wait to welcome you (albeit virtually) on Monday morning.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School