The headteacher of Marshland High School has praised his pupils for their dedication to learning even when school is shut as schoolchildren across West Norfolk break for half term today.
Pupils at the school have not just been doing the usual classroom learning remotely, but also taking part in other activities, including maths challenges, inter-house competitions, exercise and community outreach projects.
“We have been delighted at the engagement and commitment being shown by our students with their remote learning,” said head teacher Craig Jansen, who also paid tribute to the efforts made by staff to help pupils.
“We know that students who fail to engage with remote learning will be disadvantaged when school reopens. We are determined to do everything we can to support our students and their families at this difficult time, including remaining open to support children of key workers and those requiring additional support."
In addition to the usual classes, the school’s communal spirit has been kept alive by weekly inter-house challenges, aimed at building student character and culture, and encouraging them to be active citizens, particularly in such demanding times.
As part of this, at Christmas students were encouraged to create and send cards to residents of local nursing homes, as a gesture of goodwill.
“We are very proud of the perseverance, respect, kindness and responsibility shown by so many of our students”, added Mr Jansen whose school is part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, that runs 11 schools across West Norfolk. “They are being supported by a dedicated and professional team of staff and by our amazing parents. We are truly grateful.”
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