Dear Parents,

The first week of Phase 1 in our region is now drawing to a close. I am sure that you, like all of us here in KCM, have welcomed the further easing of restrictions in Murcia. It is also good to see the continued decline of new cases in Spain generally, which must be a huge relief to all those in the medical and associated professions.

This week, classes have continued as normal or, should I say, ‘the new normal’. We have even had a performance of the school virtual band, which featured a number of staff and pupils playing ‘together’- watch out for the next performance! Also, as you will have seen on Dojo and on the eKCM Update, we have celebrated some excellent work from our pupils. I know that all our pupils have been working really hard and have continued to adjust well to this situation. However, I would also like to thank all of you for your continued support and guidance, especially with our younger pupils – well done to you too!

Also this week in eKCM, we have seen the start of a newly designed curriculum for our older students in Years 11 and 13, who will not be sitting public examinations this year due to the quarantine. Much of the new curriculum has centred around learning the skills required for the next stage of their learning. Thus, the Year 13s have been learning about effective note-taking and writing for academic purposes, as well as studying courses relevant to their chosen areas of study – some even just purely for academic interest. They will be meeting with individual teachers to discuss what they have learned. This has been an exciting development for our older students, who have seized this unusual opportunity to do something a little different – great stuff! To have a little more of and idea of what our older pupils have been looking at and the style of learning, please watch the following TED talk about MOOCs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYwTA5RA9eU

Looking forwards toward September, we haven’t had any updates and there are many conflicting views regarding re-opening in the media. Suffice it to say that we are keeping a careful eye on developments and are putting together contingency plans drawing on our group’s experience, as I mentioned last week. Looking at the weeks to come, the school buildings have now undergone a ‘deep clean’ and we are now making plans for the coming weeks in case there are any further developments – last night’s announcement notwithstanding!

….and finally…..

Next week, some of my staff and I will be returning to the school buildings for the first time since the lockdown. As ever, we will keep you updated as things progress. Take care and have a great weekend.

Stay safe everyone.

Best wishes,

Mr Rumistrzewicz