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Welcome back CLS

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

We are delighted to welcome pupils from Old Grammar (Year 6), Fourth Form (Year 10) and Junior Sixth Form (Year 12) back into the School building.

Things look a little different to how they left it, however: lines of yellow tape, screens, new desk arrangements in classrooms and information signs around every corner are designed to make the transition to the ‘new normal’ as easy as possible.

None of this could have happened without the huge amount of planning which has been undertaken by Staff. Mr McArdle, Head of Old Grammar, has said “The first morning saw the boys enter the Courtyard and queue up, keeping socially distanced. The excitement of being able to run across the (artificial) grass on the Top Playground at break and play interesting games of football, where the goalkeepers can only use their feet, make for fast-scoring matches. Lunch is the strangest part of the day with each bubble taking it in turn to eat in rotation, but at least the queue is manageable!”

On his return to school and in the company of his friends, Zachary, an Old Grammar pupil, caught the mood of his returning peers: “I was over the moon when my mother told me that I was going back to school. When I pushed my bike through the towering blue gate a giant grin crept up my face as I finally saw some of the people from the Teams meetings and the occasional call or house party in a person. I was greeted warmly and told to keep a distance with other pupils, whilst we were put into our bubbles and taken to our classroom. Returning to school felt very different, but it was amazing to see my friends and interact with them without being on a screen.”

Pupils in Fourth Form and Junior Sixth Form are also now back in the building, albeit part-time on a rolling programme of events with a focus on well-being. This includes guided exercise; pastoral time (focussing on coping in lockdown, and discussions of recent events in the USA and UK) and communal activities and games.

Welcome back.

New desk arrangements in classrooms and information signs around every corner are designed to make the transition to the ‘new normal’ as easy as possible.
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