Welcome back to one and all to our autumn term 2020, and a huge thanks to parents and boys for being so school ready right from the get-go. I feel sure your sons will have reported back on some ‘unfamilar’ new arrangements with our infrastructure in Senior Boys, from the barrier across the main entrance, to the ‘sectioned off’ site with ‘bubble’ year group corridors and outside locker area installs.
As my blog this week expresses in much detail, we have had an incredible summer of activity reshaping the site and facilities. Our playing field preparations were delayed by three days this week, as was the installation of three courtyard sinks, but I am delighted to confirm we are now practically complete, with only some final cosmetic touches to walls and decor to complete over the coming weekends.
One of the major activities over the break was the cleaning and servicing of over 800 Chromebooks for the boys and girls across Claires Court to use as personal devices this year. Pupils are asked to keep their chargers at home, and to make sure they put them on charge overnight. The plan is to use them every lesson, but we must also ensure that we recover the handwriting and paper manipulation skills which perhaps have decayed since #lockdown, so exercise books and files are also order of the day. Parents are reminded to add their sons Chromebooks to the home insurance cover for damage, notional value being £200.