18th June 2020
Students at Rockwood are still getting an exemplary education, despite the difficult circumstances.
We have very quickly moved to remote learning for all year groups, with students receiving “live” lessons through Microsoft Teams. Our students are now well-versed in how to learn in this manner: through Teams, they can listen to their teacher, electronically “put their hand up”, ask questions, and submit their work.
Students are receiving a full and rich curriculum, with lessons in all their subjects. Some of the artwork students have made from home is truly fantastic! We are providing extra support where needed, so that as many students as possible can get online or otherwise access learning.
Not only have normal lessons continued, but so have extra-curricular activities. Our Unicef student steering panel has been meeting weekly on Teams and, on their initiative, we have introduced a ‘right of the week’ to our continuing work to promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Also, we continue to offer students the chance to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For example, we introduced a programme whereby students and their families could design their own catapult – a great way to start exploring engineering! Also, we directed individual students towards online career talks from professionals in sectors relevant to their career ambitions.
Our CCF has continued to go from strength to strength. We are especially pleased to report that Zaynah Bashir (Year 10) has been promoted to the rank of corporal. She passed all her modules in the Advanced CCF syllabi. She also won our top cadet shield, so she has had a very successful year!
We will continue to ensure our students get the best educational experience possible, whatever challenges we continue to face going forward from Covid.