A Northeastern Head Teacher spoke about the challenges and achievements of the changes in the school environment as a result of the Lockdown.
Students around the Northeast returned to school after studying online for months during the outbreak.
The Invory Academy, along with St. Andrews School, is set to move to a new $ 55 million Invory Community Campus after the October break.
The community campus has a swimming pool, several well-equipped sports halls and a multi-functional theater space.
Mark Jones, head teacher at the Invery Academy, praised the way people came together and pointed to the “re-institution” that society is showing.
He said: “First of all thank you to our parents and caregivers for sending young people into a different situation. Thanks to the young people who handled the adjustments we needed to keep us as safe as possible
“The community has come together and it’s different to see young people coming back after six to nine months of lockdown. Above all, thank you to my staff team for handling their own concerns to support young people.”
Jones spoke about the steps taken to keep the school community safe, including hand cleaning, start and finish, breaks, and one-way arrangements.
He added: “There are situations where young people are asked to wipe surfaces at the end of a class, giving the next group of young people a place to study.
“We can no longer do things like pencils, pens, jotters or textbooks trying to reduce the amount of resources shared and thinking about some of the things we took for granted before. ”
The new community campus will have a dance studio for secondary students, ‘social staircase’ areas, other breakout spaces, a balcony, an amphitheater, a hair and make-up / theater dressing room study area.
St. Andrews School will benefit from its own dedicated section, including multiple sensory rooms, a sensory garden, a warm water pool, a therapy pool, and a dedicated rebound therapy area.
Live Life Aberdeenshire hosts sports and leisure facilities on campus.
Jones said it was an incredibly exciting time for the school, highlighting the amazing facilities in the building.
Mr Jones went on to say: “We are learning in a new way that will lead to its challenges and its achievements.
“We’ve seen a lot of creativity come out of young people’s use of technology, so it’s amazing that someone who feels ashamed of the classroom setting can make an amazing video where they can explain an idea with their creativity or even see the subject as class teachers. ”
This is after Lawrence Finley, director of education and child services at the Aberdeenshire Council, highlighted the efforts of staff and students across the region in the first period.
He said: “Well, this is definitely a team effort! Thanks to our child service teams and others who continue to travel the extra miles every day to help keep our children and young people safe, happy and healthy. Well done, stay safe and look forward to creating more first class learning experiences over the next few months regardless of the challenges we may face. ”
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