From the Head of Juniors
Having followed the news closely over the last few days and weeks it comes as no surprise that the government has announced that the return to campus next week is only for those in ‘the Greek Lykeio’ our Years 11-13. Although this will inevitably cause varying degrees of disappointment to children, parents and teachers, the continued high numbers of new cases of COVID-19 point to homes being the safest place for our children for the time being.
Whilst we have no confirmed information, we are working towards Junior School children returning to their classrooms immediately following the Easter holidays and preparations are underway to enable this to happen safely and smoothly. As yet, we have not received official information from the Greek Ministry regarding the recommendations for self-testing for primary-aged pupils. This information and any changes in opening regulations for the Junior School will be passed onto you as we learn more over the coming days. I am optimistic that in the remaining weeks before we reopen more of our teachers will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated via the ‘waiting list’ for teachers provided by the government which will contribute to the overall safety of our community.
The continued resilience and persistence of the children has really impressed me and your continued support at home has been invaluable. This week has seen the older children have a virtual Sport’s Day and virtual Inter-House competitions and, as we approach the Easter holidays, teachers are planning our usual Easter-themed activities. I hope the Easter Bunny shows up at some point too!
The final week of term is our Ocean Week. There will be a wide range of activities going on around this theme which will be centred around a programme designed for schools by the social enterprise Common Seas to tackle plastic pollution. This, alongside Clean Blue Alliance, and in particular Clean Blue Paros, aims to invest in initiatives and education to eliminate plastic waste in our seas. As many of you may be planning trips to the islands and their wonderful beaches, especially over the summer, this is particularly pertinent and Ocean Week is a fun and engaging way for us to teach our children about the need to protect our oceans and about the first steps in social responsibility.
I do hope that you can all find enough positive energy to get you and your children through what we hope is the last stretch of online learning and, of course, that you stay safe and well and enjoy the precious ‘bonus’ time you spend with your children and families.
Head of Juniors