Online Teaching and Learning;
We will continue with either Google Suite or the combination of Zoom and Edmodo as this is most familiar to staff and students. We will continue with regular formative assessments and the practice of continuous assessments. Guidelines for parents and students’ protocols for Online learning will be shared at our year group meetings and through Form Teachers and Deans.
The month of September:
This term is 14 weeks and the first 2 weeks will be dedicated to building relationship with classes, de-briefing the students, revision of key topics from the last academic year, assessing what was covered in the previous academic year, determining where the schemes of work need to begin this academic year, analyzing last year's results and using the information to inform this year's schemes of work. Upper sixes would have completed the unit 1 CAPE exams and should be able to begin work after their de-briefing exercises which would involve sessions with the Form teacher, with the Dean and personnel from SSSD (Student Support Services Division). We have organized sessions for our students with Form Teachers, Deans and our Guidance Officer to ensure that all students are oriented and fully equipped to return to Virtual School.
The MOE is proposing to administer National Standardized Diagnostic Testing for Assessment of Learning Loss in Math and English Language Arts for forms 2-4. They will develop these tests and they are to be administered in weeks 2/3. Teachers are expected to mark these tests using mark schemes provided by MOE. The Ministry will use this data to guide national interventions and prioritize school monitoring and support.
The Past Pupils Association, continues to champion the 185th Anniversary celebrations of the establishment of our school and has raised enough funds to restore the windows of the Chapel facing the netball and volleyball courts.
The computer lab and the big tree in the cafeteria area were sprayed for termites and the curved reception area by the entrance to the Multi Media Area had to be broken down because it was heavily infested with termites. Minor roof works to fix leaks were also conducted during the August vacation.
School Development Fund:
The school relies on the contribution from parents to pay for security, gardening and ancillary staff who continue to work on the compound to ensure that students can return to a safe and well maintained compound. It also allows us to hire privately paid teachers where there are shortages in staffing in order to ensure continuous delivery of the curriculum. This fund can be paid online and details are on the website. We are grateful for the support of all our stakeholders in helping us to achieve our vision and mission.
Charles Darwin in his study of nature realized that "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Now more than ever we rely on our SJC core values of Solidarity, Creativity, Courage, Service, Integrity, Love, Excellence, Compassion, Justice and Respect to guide us as we navigate this new academic year. May God bless our efforts as we do our best to educate and care for our students and each other. We pray for His protection on our community and for an end to this pandemic.
We welcome back all our students and their families, we welcome also all new members to our school community and trust that this will be a productive and fruitful year for all. We remain grateful for the service, generosity of spirit and professionalism of the Staff at SJC POS. Let us continue to help one another by sharing our new learnings and pacing each other on the road to excellence.
Anna Pounder Maritza Ramphal
Principal (Secondary) Vice Principal