Junior School Report
September 3, 2020
By Mr Gavin Webb, Director of the Junior School
Remote learning 2.0
As we enter the final weeks of a very challenging Term 3, I wish to thank all families in your efforts in supporting your son’s education. We understand every family dynamic is different with varying obstacles, which may have hindered the ability of your son to experience remote learning positively at all times. We hope that you share our confidence in looking forward to Term 4 that the SPC staff have made the required modifications to individually cater for each boy in our care. Yes, there has been some flexibility to the curriculum and assessment, but staff have ensured that the skills, knowledge and understandings of each subject have still been met.
Delivering curriculum in new and different ways has been professionally enriching and certain aspects of instruction, assessment and administration will continue to evolve as a result of remote learning. Two recent examples of this was the successful running of the Parent/Teacher/Student interviews a fortnight ago and subject selection for Year 8’s going into Year 9.
The Great Realisation:
In April, Tomos Roberts released his poem “The Great Realisation”, which has since been viewed tens of millions of times online. Roberts takes on some heavy pre-pandemic themes, such as greed and alienation and reflects on the simplicity of our current forced upon lifestyle. Moving forward, a society that values kindness, community and spends more time outdoors with their families than on screens is one that SPC families should embrace and strive for. Please see below the link to “The Great Realisation” and transcript. I hope this may bring about some family discussion during mealtime at the dinner table.
”Tell me the one about the virus again, then I’ll go to bed.
‘But my boy, you’re growing weary, sleepy thoughts about your head.
‘Please! That one’s my favourite. I promise just once more.
‘Okay, snuggle down my boy, though I know you know full well The story starts before then, in a world I once dwelled
‘It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty Back before we understood why hindsight’s 2020
‘You see the people came up with companies to trade across all lands. But they swelled and got bigger than we could ever have planned
‘We’d always had our wants, but now it got so quick. You could have everything you dreamed of in a day and with a click.
‘We noticed families had stopped talking. That’s not to say they never spoke. But the meaning must have melted and the work life balance broke.
‘And the children’s eyes got squarer and every toddler had a phone. They filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise, they felt alone.
‘And every day the sky grew thicker, til we couldn’t see the stars. So we flew in planes to find them while down below we filled our cars.
‘We’d drive around all day in circles. We’d forgotten how to run. We swapped the grass for tarmarc, shrunk the parks till there were none.
‘We filled the sea with pladtic cause our waste was never capped. Until each day when you went fishing, you’d pull them out already wrapped.
‘And while we drank and smoked and gambled, our leaders taught us why, It’s best to not upset the lobbies, more convenient to die.
‘But then in 2020, a new virus came our way. The government reacted and told us all to hide away.
‘But while we were all hidden, amidst the fear and all the while, The people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile.
‘They started clapping to say thank you, and calling up their mums.
‘And while the the cars keys were gathering dust, they would look forward to their runs.
‘And with the sky less full of planes, the earth began to breathe. And the beaches brought new wildlife that scattered off into the seas.
‘Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking. We’d grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.
‘And so when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside, We all preferred the world we found to the one we’d left behind.
‘Old habits became extinct, and they made way for the new. And every simple act of kindness was now given its due.
‘But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?’ Well, sometimes, you got to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better.
‘Now lie down, and dream of tomorrow, and all the things that we can do. And who knows, maybe if you dream strong enough, make some of them will come true.
‘We now call it the Great Realisation, and yes, since then there have been many.
‘But that’s the story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020.’
The College calendar is very fluid at the moment to say the least! Please continue to keep an eye out on the College’s website and Facebook page for official correspondence, as well as your emails.
Mr Gavin Webb
Director of Junior School