From the Headmaster

23 October 2020 Categories Junior, Senior

Dear Campion Families,

As you are all aware we are about to come to the end of the first half term of the 2020/2021 academic year. It has been the most extraordinary half term for us all. With new routines, the wearing of face masks, learning bubbles and much more in place to promote the health and safety of our community, it has been a very strange period in Campion’s history.

Despite all these changes and challenges, the Campion community has more than risen to the occasion. Teaching and learning began in earnest from day one, and that focus on quality education against the trials of COVID has never wavered.  Further, teachers have used their energy, inventiveness and creativity to put in place a multitude of experiences for your children beyond the classroom (look out for the Campion Newsletter!). Pupils have taken the safety measures seriously and focused on the task of learning in and out of the classroom. I think it is also fair to say that our families have been taking sensible precautions outside school to protect our community from COVID-19 for which I thank you all.

As we begin the start of winter here in Greece Campion has begun its annual common seasonal flu vaccine programme for staff. As you can imagine, given the current COVID pandemic there has been a greater uptake on this offer than normal. Of course, the common seasonal flu vaccine will not protect anyone against the COVID virus. However, it should protect from common seasonal flu (helping doctors distinguish between common seasonal flu and COVID, and reducing the number of common seasonal flu cases needing hospital beds and so increasing the number of beds available to treat COVID cases). I recommend you think about taking the common flu vaccination this year if you do not normally for these reasons.

Of course, no one could have predicted how tiring protecting ourselves from the threat of COVID in a school is. Wearing a mask all day, having to listen intently to understand each other, remembering to follow strict hygiene rules and the myriad other things that have changed for us these last six weeks have exhausted everyone. When teachers and pupils are tired the effectiveness of teaching and learning declines significantly. It is absolutely essential, therefore, that we take time to recharge and renew our energy levels to ensure teaching and learning is as effective as possible upon our return to school after the week’s break.

I hope you all have a relaxing time next week enjoying time with family. As always, Campion is only as good as its community in reducing the threat from COVID. Therefore, please take all sensible precautions you can to reduce the threat of COVID and protect your family and the community.

Finally, congratulations to everyone for making the start to the academic year 2020/2021 such a successful one so far. Well done!

Kind regards,

Duncan Rose