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School Closure – Continuing pupils’ learning

Following government guidelines, the school closed from the end of the day on Friday 20th March. In line with the guidelines a small number of pupils whose parents are key workers are being cared for in school.

I have to say that I’m really blown away with the level of work, support and care you are providing, it is amazing! I just wanted to let you know how grateful we are as a family and that we really do appreciate all the efforts that you and all your wonderful staff are making. (Parent)

Staff had been preparing for this eventuality and extensive use is being made of electronic resources to support pupils. The school is in regular email contact with parents and pupils; staff are available to provide support, advice and guidance on all matters as though the school were open. Throughout the closure, we will be working with parents to continue pupils’ learning in this difficult time.

Senior School Headmaster Dr Paul Owen’s first video message to pupils on 23rd March

Junior School Headmaster Mr Tim Wheeler’s first video message to pupils on 23rd March

We are proud of our strong school community and the Headmasters of the Senior and Junior Schools have been sending regular videos to pupils to support them pastorally and academically. Pupils have also received regular video sporting challenges encouraging them to stay active and healthy.

Watch one of the SGS Sports Challenges

The ‘Road to Tokyo’ task of the SGS Sports Fitness Challenge

Many departments have filmed experiments and demonstrations that have been shared with the pupils. Teachers are keeping in touch with pupils via a number of methods, including virtual classrooms and email. Here is a small selection.

Chemistry Experiment

Food and Nutrition Demonstration

Virtual Music Performance

We have been delighted by the number of photos and videos that SGS families have shared with the community.

Junior School pupils have been hard at work continuing their learning.

Year Five pupil Archie M and Harry M from Pre-Reception worked together to bake this wonderful looking cake, paying homage to the work of the NHS.

Eco-conscious Year Four pupils, with the help of an adult, went on a litter walk as part of their Science lessons. They designed a tally chart to record different types and used their findings to answer questions about litter.

Reception pupils made fantastic animal spotting hideouts, pet shops and junk model animals as part of their topic on animals. Here are Jacob T’s elephants.

Inspired by writing poems as part of Year Six’s remote English lessons, Viola P created a few of her own poems based on observations and ideas. ‘The Boy’ is one of these.

Following on from this, Year Six have set up ‘Poets’ Corner’ – a separate Google Classroom where we encourage all budding Year Six poets to join, so that they can share and respond to each other’s poems and attend Poetry Meets.

The SGS community has come together to help those in need: the school has donated personal protective equipment to the NHS and a local care home; the Design Technology department has been making face shields for health workers; pupils and staff have taken on charity and fundraising challenges and toiletries for NHS staff are being collected at the gatehouse.

Although apart, together we will stay strong and connected and look forward to returning to school.