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The Malling School Update: Monday 27th April 2020

The Malling School Update: Monday 27th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well.

Firstly, I wanted to pass on our thanks and congratulations to our students for the over-whelmingly positive response to their Home Learning.  The online conduct has been brilliant from the vast majority of our students and we have been receiving lots of amazing work from all year groups and positive feedback from parents and carers.

However, we have had to deal with a very small number of isolated incidents of poor behaviour in some of our live Zoom lessons.  These have been dealt with by our Pastoral teams.  We will insist on our usual high standards of behaviour in online lessons in the same way as when we are at school.  We also have a zero tolerance regarding online bullying, as discussed in previous assemblies and during daily Head of House briefings.  Sanctions will be imposed if a student does not meet our high expectations.  These may include being removed from the lesson, parents/carers being informed, detentions being imposed when students return to school or a period of time in Internal Exclusion.  As an ultimate sanction we may consider a fixed-term external exclusion, too. 

However, I am proud to say that the vast majority of our students are continuing to follow ‘The Malling School Way’ and are demonstrating very high standards even when they are learning at home.

Also, as part of our on-going effort to maintain good channels of communication between our students and their parents/carers, we have created and uploaded a new whole-school assembly that is live on our website today.  It is called ‘Term 5 Mid-point, 27th April 2020’ and can be accessed on our website through:

Home Learning > Assemblies > Term 5 Mid-point, 27th April 2020

Our Heads of Houses have informed their students about this assembly in today’s daily live Zoom briefing, but we wanted to draw your attention to this assembly, in case you were not aware of it.

It contains important information about online behaviour and the changes we are proposing regarding the use of Microsoft 365 for Home Learning, rather than our website which we are currently using.

There will also be an email sent out on Monday 4th May asking you to complete a short online questionnaire.  We would really appreciate your time in completing this as it will give us invaluable feedback regarding our current Home Learning approach.

Please continue to encourage your child to continue to follow their Home Learning timetable (available on the school website) and to check their school emails daily and accept any invite to a live Zoom lesson.

Take care and stay well,

Best wishes