Over the past three years, there has been a naturally negative bias with the impact of the world pandemic on many aspects of our lives. In the educational setting, this period has been very disruptive but one could suggest that, ironically, it has pushed all our boys to become slightly more independent and adaptable – especially as it relates to academic outcomes.
Today, we have 22 teaching staff members absent from school. This is a combination of Winter Tournament Week, a normal part of New Zealand school life that culminates each winter season, and, unfortunately, staff illness, which is a combination of both the normal flu season and expectations regarding the management of Covid-19.
I have just supervised a Year 12 History class studying the My Lai Massacre, a dark chapter in the Vietnam War. The boys went to the learning blog created by their absent teacher and, for the 50 minutes of class time, were independently active. It was normal for them to be self-directed through ‘absent’ teacher instruction using online tools.
One of the reasons I believe online learning at College has been so successful is because of the fundamentally high-quality relationships forged between our students and teachers while they are together. However, at the same time, our boys have become more self-reliant and more appreciative of the need that their learning is, ultimately, their responsibility. I have suggested to some parents of Year 13 boys that this generation of leavers may well be the best prepared for the nature of contemporary post-school study because of the school life they have experienced.
For better or worse, Covid-19 has been a part of our lives and for students it has created new opportunities through different challenges. I suppose there is a message here that for every cloud, there may just be a silver lining.
Our Anglican identity
Over the past 18 months, the school has been working towards creating a statement of intent and understanding as it relates to our Anglican identity. Being an Anglican school for all is the key foundation of Christ’s College. The statement can be found here. It provides, for us, the pathway in all that we do.Read on