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Cobham Hall Rises to Challenge of Remote Learning

Published Thursday 24th of September 2020 12:00:20 PM

As the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the world, it resulted in unprecedented challenges and forced the hand of change. Change to our daily lives, change to our society, and changes to our way of education. At Cobham Hall, the school community had to adjust to working remotely, to new ways of working, of teaching, and of learning. But one thing didn’t change: the ‘can do’ attitude of the School’s staff and students. “I am incredibly proud to say,” commented Headmistress Ms Roberts, “that at Cobham Hall we were able to continue to provide uninterrupted remote teaching and learning from day one of lockdown. We also continued to give the girls pastoral support as well as providing a wide range of co-curricular activities. The staff and students have all shown incredible resilience, creativity and a willingness to adapt.” Speaking of the online lessons, one parent said “Please can I just say thank you to you and your amazing team for the hard work they are putting into the online classes for our girls.  I managed to watch the computer class held this morning and art this afternoon, amazing. I can see all the effort that has been put in by all the teachers and support staff.”  Such was the School community’s ability to adapt, that the Music Department was able to continue with the annual Summer Music Concert, producing a number of virtual performances, all filmed individually and now available to view on Cobham Hall’s YouTube channel. The student Round Square Committee has hosted fortnightly virtual Quiz Nights, whilst the Student Leadership Team have provided weekly challenges to keep girls’ spirits up. Despite the situation being exceptionally tough for Year 11 and Year 13, who saw examinations cancelled, Clifton House Captain, Year 13 pupil Lilly, offered help to the PE Department. Sports Scholar and Triathlete Lilly, who has represented Team GB, offered to run a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session for Lower School girls. “She also played ‘exercise add on’ and ‘Sports Charades!’,” explained PE Teacher Miss Fautley. “The girls said, ‘Miss Gibbs works us hard, but it was also so much fun!’” Cobham Hall’s excellent pastoral support has also been maintained, with a Mindfulness co-curricular activity established, alongside normally timetabled Wellbeing lessons and tutorials. An emphasis has been placed on reducing screen time outside of lessons and ensuring girls find time to relax and maintain their health and fitness. The School also established their ‘Get Ahead’ programme to provide additional support to those girls in Year 11 and Year 13 to prevent them missing out on vital preparations for the next stage of their education. Additional support has also been offered to girls in Years 10 and 12, with one Year 12 saying how much she has enjoyed her online lessons. “It’s been tricky, particularly with Science practicals,” she said, “but the teachers have been so understanding and helpful. They’ve really made it a lot easier than it could have been.” Cobham Hall has continued throughout the pandemic to provide girls with an outstanding education and is looking forward to the end of term Festival Day, another event being adapted to become a virtual gathering. Keynote speaker Alex Crawford, a Cobham Hall Elder, will be sharing how her Cobham education shaped her and helped her throughout her award-winning career.

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