Since the government announcement on the closing of schools issued 27 January 2020, the College has really appreciated the support from many members of the community. Alumni and friends have provided us with face-masks and sanitisers, and have extended assistance in many other ways.
E-learning is the vehicle being used in the College to support students in terms of preparation for assessments and examinations. Through the e-learning platform
PowerSchool, students and teachers can interact using wikis, share comments on a topic or document, participate in quizzes and submit assignments. PowerPoint presentations with voice-overs have been utilised by some teachers, while others have conducted classes or tutorials through Zoom for video communications to either cover subject content or to answer questions on a topic that students have prepared for.
"Contrary to the unfortunate circumstances, e-learning is proving to be a breakthrough in the way we are learning our course syllabus. The current e-learning provision is showing us how flexible learning can be inside and outside the classroom; and this is making my independent learning a lot more flexible and effective
," says Joshua Varghese, second-year student from India.
Undoubtedly, there are challenges. Staff are learning new technologies; students are adapting to new ways of learning. These challenges truly bring to us new opportunities.
Returning to Campus
Currently, the College has around 50 students on campus. Our second-year Y2 HL/SL Visual Arts and HL Theatre students are meeting to complete their practical assessments. It has just been announced that Y2 and Y1 SSSTL students will be able to return to the campus starting 9 April 2020 to complete their IB assessments and examinations.
The College has strictly implemented health measures on campus to keep the College community safe from any COVID-19 infection. These measures -- which include temperature check, wearing masks, walking across disinfectant mats upon entry into the campus, making available sanitisers, and regular cleaning of facilities -- are consistent with guidelines set out by the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection. The same, and more updates with regard to class arrangements, is regularly communicated to our students and their parents and respective NCs.
The College is immensely grateful to the teaching and non-teaching staff, our students and their parents and NCs for the cooperation and understanding. Given the special circumstances, it is inspiring to witness how challenges unfold into opportunities that truly bring out our tenacity, creativity and strength as one community. And as we continue to overcome challenges, we are reminded of a quote from Hellen Keller: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much