St Lawrence College developed its Online Programme immediately following the closure of all schools throughout the UK at the end of March 2020. It was vital that we were able to deliver a fully interactive Online Programme through which our pupils could continue their education during the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff rose to the challenge and immediately began teaching ‘live’ lessons to all of our Senior School pupils, following their normal timetable.
We are very proud of the excellent provision that we have been able to deliver through live interactive lessons using Microsoft Teams, and other subject-specific online resources. We have a full curriculum including all lessons, assemblies and chapels. In addition, pupils have weekly 1:1 sessions with their Tutor and staff are feeding back to parents on a weekly basis. Our Housemasters and Housemistresses, as well as the counselling and medical team, are on hand to help out with any pastoral issues and we take our role of safeguarding during Online School just as seriously – giving advice and support about mental health and e-learning in particular.
We currently have a large number of boarders who are on campus being supported in their Houses and our Online Programme has enabled our pupils to learn and socialise with their classmates almost as if they were at St Lawrence in person. We have also maintained the community feel through House quizzes, competitions, bake-offs and our weekly Strava Challenges.
Wellbeing Wednesday was an off-timetable day, to allow pupils and staff to focus on their wellbeing. There were an abundance of activities taking place from creating foods to boots your mind, thankfulness hour with the Chaplin, art and mindfulness hour, exercise hour and reading hour. The main focus of the day was a talk delivered by Dick Moore aimed at specific year groups, parents and staff, supporting their mental well-being.