Friday Update – April 10, 2020

Mark Turner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With very best wishes and Easter greetings to you all.

This week, we have been moving on with preparations for the launch of our remote learning curriculum on Tuesday, April 14. We were delighted that the Remote Learning Plan – Community Guide published last week was so well received. This gives us great confidence as we embark on a new learning era for SMUS.

Last week, I spoke of our school ethos or spirit, and said I would say more about the beliefs that are the foundation of that ethos. Those beliefs are enshrined in our values that state we respect all, regardless of background, creed or colour, we appreciate honesty, even if the message is difficult to deliver, and we approach challenges with courage and conviction. Respect, honesty and courage combined, motivate us to serve our own community and those far extended from it.

So, as we face Term 3 and a new chapter in SMUS’s evolving curriculum of learning, let’s all remind ourselves of the values on which our community is built.

Over the course of the next few weeks and months we aim to regularly survey our students, to help judge progress and to allow us to adapt to ensure we are moving forward in our shared learning journey.

Thank you to those Tier One essential workers who contacted us to request support with child care. Given the numbers involved, we hope to provide a comprehensive service which we trust will allow you to focus on the urgent needs of your work responsibility.

After a Finance Committee meeting this week, the full Board of Governors will be holding an extraordinary meeting next Friday, April 17. Following that, I shall be communicating to you some key messages on how we aim to support our community and our school through current difficulties and into the future.

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