Staying ahead of the learning curve

Education | 25 Aug 2020

Scores of parents expressed their unbridled enthusiasm and excitement over the smooth roll out of the 2020-2021 School Year at CAIS.

With the experience of moving classes online in previous school year, CAIS has stayed ahead of the curve by making a swift decision to introduce an action plan over the summer break to ensure CAIS students would still be able to have a safe and effective learning experience, following the Education Bureau announcement that students would resume remote learning in the new school year.

“Safety of our students is our top priority which is on par with students’ learning experience,” said Mr Richard Vanderpyl, Head of School at CAIS.

“CAIS has not let its guard down during the summer break and we continue to review the fluid situation and introduce measures to mitigate any obstacles that would prevent students from experiencing the thrill of their first day at school. “

“Our action plan aims to deliver an engaging and innovative learning experience for our students through a series of initiatives.”

“Among the initiatives was a distribution of pre-recorded welcome and induction videos for all students, as well as HELP Packs (Home E- Learning Packs) which contained all the necessary materials and learning resources ahead of the start of the school on 24 August.”

“In addition to academic lessons that are delivered online, students would also be able to have a seamless transition to a digital classroom for PE lessons and extra-curricular activities which have been re-designed to facilitate the change.”

Mr Vanderpyl and his Senior Leadership Team communicated closely with parents before and during the start of the school, making sure that school closure would be remembered as a time when the school community banded together to ensure every student would be well prepared to continue their learning at home.

New software applications are also being introduced to ensure that work done at home would be easily submitted without parents or students feeling frustrated over technical issues. The teaching faculty received professional development support before the start of the school to ensure that every piece of technology was carefully tuned to the requirements of the students particularly the younger ones.

“Constraints are a blessing in disguise as it forces us to think out of the box and come up with innovative solutions, “Mr Vanderpyl added.

Parents expressed their positive endorsements of the preparation and while the condition in Hong Kong remains fragile, at least they are comforted in knowing that their child are engaged in learning with the same enthusiasm as they were physically at school.

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