Yesterday, at the start of the summer term, Hurst College switched to full on remote learning with teachers working from their own dedicated classrooms on-site and others from home, broadcasting live lessons to pupils’ homes. In addition, there are a small number of Prep School teachers on-site to cater for pupils whose parents are key workers.
This new way of learning was trialled two weeks ago, before the Easter break, which followed as close to the normal timetable as possible, and in the Senior School the week began with house meetings, followed by assembly with hymns and an assembly in the Prep School.
As the week progressed, plenty of co-curricular activities were also introduced, including a virtual choir rehearsal, CCF housekeeping activities, virtual dance classes and circuit training.
The last day of term before the Easter holidays began with a couple of lessons and was followed by itinerarium in the Senior School and an assembly in the Prep School. Senior School pupils finished the afternoon by watching the live streaming of the House Film competition before breaking for the Easter holidays.
Much was learned during the trial and a few tweaks have now been made for the summer term in order to reduce the amount of screen time and increase the amount of physical activity.
“The response from staff, pupils and parents has been excellent – demonstrating Hurst spirit at its very best. I am extremely proud and grateful to each and every member of the Hurst Community in these challenging times”, said Tim Manly, Headmaster.