As we approach the end of the academic year, I am sure you will agree with me that this has been one of the most challenging our community has ever faced. When we started last August, I was confident that come June life would have returned to some form of normality and we would have students back in school. Sadly, it was not to be, and we have seen the vast majority of our students receive their education through Firefly, our virtual learning environment.
Despite the difficulties we have faced, I have been so proud of the way our students and teachers have adapted to the demands of e-learning and it is clear we have come a long way in a relatively short space of time. Nevertheless, and notwithstanding these advances, the campus has not been the same without the students, and we have all missed the ‘buzz’ they bring each day. It is my sincere wish that they will be allowed to return in August.
Looking ahead, we have not yet received any information from the Ministry of Education (MOE) regarding the start of the academic year. Of course, given the recent announcements from the Supreme Committee, we are hopeful that students will be allowed to return to campus, albeit under strict health and safety guidelines. Please rest assured that as soon as we receive more information from the MOE, we will pass this onto parents.
I am certain that over the last year, COVID has touched all our lives, either directly or indirectly, and there is no doubt it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Over the last year, I have heard countless stories from students, teachers and parents of how it has impacted their lives and sadly in some cases it has robbed us of loved ones.
Although some of the restrictions have now been lifted, the numbers show that the virus is still very active in Oman. Over the summer break, I would encourage everyone to follow the health and safety protocols being suggested by the authorities so that the pandemic is brought under control and our students can return to school.
TSS = Together Striving for Success
TSS = Together Striving for Safety.
Please stay safe and I look forward to seeing you in August.
Dr. Glenn Canterford