As the Lent Term starts, we are in a period of national lockdown, which applies to the entire United Kingdom and the advice from all governments is that people should stay at home in order to help defeat the pandemic. Of course, we enter the new period of lockdown with a hope; a hope that the new vaccination programme will enable us to emerge into a much safer world during the course of 2021. It is really important for us, at Monmouth, that the education of the children in our care continues and is not interrupted.
At Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, we are, once again, rising to the challenge and moving our outstanding educational offer online.
Education Minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams, has confirmed that our schools will remain closed to all but our teaching staff, boarders, nursery pupils and key workers’ children until the start of February.
The next three-week review of the measures is due to be carried out by the Welsh Government on Friday 29th January and, unless there has been a “significant” drop in cases of coronavirus in the country, students will continue to learn online until February half-term.
Our remote learning provision was hugely successful between April and July 2020 and we recognise the importance of keeping our wonderful school community together even during the most difficult of times.
Whilst students remain at home, we will continue to deliver live lessons to them via the excellent teaching community here in our schools. These live lessons will be augmented by the reintroduction of our Habsmonmouth Online. It is a wonderful resource and is open to students, parents and all of us in the education and learning environment of our schools.
We realise there might be concerns over time-zones, sharing equipment, accessing technology or even the global demand for broadband and websites. However, please be reassured that we understand these anxieties and we will be with you every step of the way during our online adventure together.
We have also provided a link to safeguard your children online and show you how to build in parental controls while your children work independently or access projects via our portal.
We have always been proud that Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are so much more than what happens in the classroom. We might be closed for the majority of our pupils as we enter 2021, but as a community and an educational establishment, we are open and will continue to support our students in the world of learning.
I am sure that 2021 will be as challenging as 2020 but I am equally as confident that the strength of the Monmouth community will shine through and will be able to meet this challenge head-on.
I wish you all a very safe 2021 and please enjoy the learning opportunities.