Headmaster’s Notes: Absence makes the heart grow fonder

5th May 20

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I am very conscious that Prince’s Mead households across Winchester have again been hives of academic activity and productivity this past week. Teaching staff have certainly thrown everything at their live lessons and continue to think of exciting ways to engage our pupils whilst working remotely. We hope we have been a support to parents too with our webinars this week to offer further guidance in key areas.

The virtual coffee sessions with parents that I have enjoyed over this last week have provided valuable forums to listen carefully to all of the feedback received and, consequently, adjust as necessary. I have been heartened by the overwhelmingly positive response of our remote learning curriculum that indicates that we are close to finding that ‘sweet spot’. Indeed, we have received a number of Admissions enquiries from families who have wanted to join our community from hearing about this provision alone. Nonetheless, it has been a steep learning curve for all, and I hope that, as the days have progressed since the start of the Summer Term, patterns and routines are clearly emerging, as both parents and pupils are getting used to this new way of learning, albeit temporary. I hope you have sensed too that we are keen to make this remote learning journey as positive and as enjoyable an experience as possible for all involved.

We have also enjoyed some exciting new opportunities over this last week, from the Headmaster’s live weekly quiz on Wednesday afternoons to a virtual biscuit with Matron – a service that she is extending yet further next week, such is the popularity. What is clear is that the Prince’s Mead community spirit continues despite the physical distance between us all.

Notwithstanding being busy with lessons, our pupils continue to astound me with the time and enthusiasm that they put into serving others; by helping struggling garden nurseries, raising money for charities or by simply lifting our spirits with their creativity at home, our Prince’s Mead pupils are having a significant impact in their local communities. I am immensely proud of each and every one of them.

You will have noted that next Friday, with the Bank Holiday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, there is ‘no school’ as such. Thank you once again for all of your support and I do hope that you enjoy some quality family time together over the weekend.

Mr Peter Thacker, Headmaster