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29 May 2020

We've enjoyed a wonderful first full week back on campus and, while our time together has been necessarily restrained, it has been a pleasure to reconnect. 

Diligently supported by our cleaning and security teams, the arrival and departure of students has been particularly sensitively managed, before the routine deep-clean begins. While mornings often whizz by, students have proven adept at moving online and continue to delight digitally at home during the afternoon.

It seems only fitting at this particular juncture to highlight the incredible fortitude of our academic team, who have repeatedly risen to the challenges of suspension and deserve all credit for the steady and considered reintroduction of students. Most a long way from home, they have given so much and prioritised the needs of others at every turn. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to work alongside such a highly skilled and deeply committed team. 

This week also provided an opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues in Bangkok who are in the process of exploring resumption themselves. As ever, we stand together in great solidarity.

22 May 2020

After a period of 117 days, the return of students to campus this week was much celebrated, and rightly so. Three days with a reduced group has afforded us an invaluable opportunity to reflect upon emerging routine. We will be joined on Monday by those in Years 1, 2 and 3. And I can't wait!

We will soon look more certainly towards the arrival of our third meeting with the Board of Governors this year - my report is brimming with detail following an unusually complex sequence of events. It will be lovely to reconnect and reflect upon the challenges we have faced, before glancing towards the year ahead.

I also look forward to catching up with the education team at the South China Morning Post on Friday, as we work to develop a short presentation on school selection strategies for parents.

15 May 2020

With a little digital support, I have had the great pleasure of meeting a broad selection of ambitious practitioners keen to join the Shrewsbury team this week. Connecting online is no easy task and interviews have often run late into the evening in order to best accommodate those working to a European schedule, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and look forward to drawing final conclusions together early next week.

I also look forward with great expectation to the return of students in Years 4, 5 and 6 on Wednesday. Part of a phased part-day return, school life will not be exactly as we remember, but it will be lovely to reconnect in person after such a long time apart - I can only imagine that our parents are just as excited as their children!

08 May 2020

It was with real delight that I was able to share plans for the possible return of students to campus with parents this week. 

The proposal submitted to the Education Bureau followed a great deal of collaborative exploration. And therein lies perhaps one of the great ironies of what has been an incredibly testing period: in spite of the need to enforce physical distance, the spread of Covid-19 has often acted to draw us closer together. We now begin preparation for 20th May in the hope that environmental conditions continue to support successful delivery.

I concluded the week with a digital get-together with a group of new recruits. Appointed in January, they will be joined by a second selection of ambitious teachers keen to join us here at Shrewsbury gathered as a result of interviews scheduled for next week.

01 May 2020

While a little shorter than usual, my week has been no less eventful. Two key meetings have acted to support a positive reflection and help to provide a sense of real (if cautious) optimism for the medium term.

The first was hosted by Education Secretary, Mr Kevin Yeung. Keen to explore of the strengths and limitations of the international school sector as the government considers the phased reopening of schools, we look forward to learning more and very much hope to see students back on campus before the arrival of the summer break.

The second was hosted by our new Director of Schools, Dr Tim Nuttall. An invigorating discussion underlined the enormous potential of the connections and relationships we share within and across our family of schools. Huge opportunity for students, families and staff lie therein.