15th December, 2020
Now that we have almost reached the end of term, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and restful holiday.
There is little doubt that this term has been a challenge for all concerned and has tested us in ways we would have never thought possible this time last year. Nevertheless, I think we should be extremely proud of the way our teachers and students adapted to the ‘new normal’.
Riley stated, ‘if you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges’. Without doubt, this is a statement I think can be applied to the combined efforts of our staff and students since the pandemic began and we were forced to close the campus and continue our programmes on-line. As the Principal, I am extremely proud of the levels of professionalism that has been shown by the teaching staff and the commitment to their studies that has been shown by the majority of the students.
Looking forward to next term, I sincerely hope we might be able to return, in part, to the ‘old normal’ and host more students on campus. With that in mind, I would be grateful if you would take note of the points listed below.
- Term 2 will begin for all students on Sunday 3rd January 2021. However, as stated previously, the first two weeks (Sunday 3rd through to Thursday 14th January) will be on-line learning for everyone. This will allow anyone who has travelled outside of Oman during the holiday to satisfy the necessary quarantine/isolation requirements.
- On Sunday 17th January we will hopefully welcome the following students back to campus:
- All KG (Kindy) classes.
- Year 6
- Year 10 and Year 12
In the following weeks, we will be planning for more year groups to return. Details of how the ‘week in, week out’ system will operate will be sent by Mr. Paul and Mr. Darren at the beginning of next term.
The IGCSE and IB mock examinations will take place as follows:
Year 11 (IGCSE) January 17th to January 28th
Year 13 (IB) January 31st to February 10th
These examinations will take place in school under strict social distancing protocols. It should also be noted that we have taken advice from the MOE with regards to these examinations and students are expected to attend.
Finally, I would like to conclude this letter by sharing some excellent news. In November, the school was shortlisted for one of the International School of the Year awards for our environmental initiatives. In total, 625 schools from 62 countries submitted applications and we have reached the final four in the environmental award category. The winners will be announced on January 18th, 2021.
Enjoy the holiday and I look forward to seeing you in 2021.
Dr. Glenn Canterford