This year has thrown many challenges our way but we have also learnt much about ourselves and how we have adapted.
While it is tempting to dwell on the experiences our students have missed, we need to celebrate what they have achieved.
‘They have learnt resilience’
There have been many disappointments for our students this year but they have come through these with strength and positivity.
They have learnt new skills. Through the use of online learning and Zoom, they have developed new ways of communicating effectively with their teachers and each other. Online learning will continue to enhance their learning experiences.
They have learnt to be flexible in the preparation and submission of work.
‘Take time out’
Parents and carers may like to take time out to reflect on how our students have grown throughout the year.
I encourage students to think about what they have learnt about themselves this year, what have they done well and what they could have done differently.
Tips for 2021
As we look forward to 2021, I also encourage our students to start the year as well prepared as possible.
First, they need a complete break for at least some of the holidays.
The second half of January is the time to begin preparations for the new school year.
Some valuable steps in this process include:
- Returning to a school sleep routine. Students should go to bed and wake up at times which reflect a school routine.
- Shop for stationery and organise it at home. Make this an enjoyable exercise, choose some fun items. Being organised can make a world of difference to a student’s perception of their ability to succeed at the beginning of a school year.
- Ensure all textbooks have been purchased.
- Make sure your child has an area in your home from which they can complete their home study. Many of us achieved this goal during the period of learning from home this year.
- This is also an opportunity to do a clean of the bedroom or study area before school returns!
- Talk to your child about their goals for the year ahead. Make sure they are realistic.
- Wind down the online activities and limit time with digital devices.
I hope your children look forward to the next school year with excitement and vigour. We look forward to supporting their learning and growth.
IGS Head of Academic Care
Margaret works with students in High School to support their learning needs. This can vary from support for specific learning needs to extension for those who are working towards outcomes beyond their year group.