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When New Zealand declared a State of Emergency and it was announced the country was at Level 4 (the highest level) on the Covid-19 alert system, staff at Wellesley were already well prepared for running the school and teaching boys from a distance.
Wellesley chose not to take an early holiday break, but instead decided to continue with the established Term’s flow of teaching and learning and put into practice all the IT skills our staff and boys had been preparing during the previous 3 weeks.
The effort paid off and after a two day trial and a bit of tweaking, classes were ready to continue with their timetables online at the beginning of Week 9. Teaching and Learning took place via Zoom and Teams along with other programmes. Specialist teachers continued with classes for the boys and there were some amazing things happening in Art, Performing Arts, P.E. and STEAM. French lessons were also still available, as were itinerant music lessons.
We are really proud of how our boys and staff have adapted to our new version of school and our families have really stepped up and embraced what has been on offer. One of the most important aspects of our programmes, has been the ability for boys and staff to remain connected ‘live’ each day. We have been posting daily on our facebook page, instagram and twitter to keep our community up to date with what our boys have been achieving.
During the recent holiday break, some teachers and specialist teachers have been running a holiday programme for those families who wanted to stay connected.