On 9 January our talented Taekwondo fighters travelled to Bijnor to take part in an inter-district competition. Our six fighters came away with 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals. They really enjoyed the day and we are very proud of them considering that there were thousands of competitors present.
4 JANUARY 2022 – AND THE RESUMPTION OF ONLINE CLASSES 10 JANUARY
Things were going pretty well, getting the children settle back into the routine of schooling. But now the Omicron variant is starting to spread in India and the government does not seem to view the importance of keeping schools open in the same way that other countries do. The government announced that schools would be closed down again from 4-14 January, however as with previous occasions we do expect this to be extended.
We are very disappointed about this renewed closure because we fear for our students, especially as major board exams are coming up next month for our class 10 and 12 girls.
In related news, our school has been selected as an examination centre which helps to raise the profile of our schools! Only female students from other schools will be coming in to sit exams with our girls. We hope very much that with online classes starting up again from Monday 10th that these board exam level students do not suffer too much in the run-up to the exams.
When we re-opened for all class levels in September, things got off to a rocky start. Here in India schools have been closed for so long (much longer than in the UK or the rest of Europe) that children had got well out of the routine of schooling. Over two-thirds of our students in the upper-primary to secondary levels had managed to keep up with their studies to an extent by following our online classes at home. But for younger children and for the least advantaged of our students this was just not possible. For some of our youngest students this meant entry to school for the very first time or just about as good as, because they might not remember much of what being in pre-primary school was like.
We have completed the half-yearly exams, and for our grade 10 and 12 girls this has been a significant milestone because, as in England, the government decided to run these board exams over two semesters just in case of further COVID-19 interruption. For these secondary school girls it has been a struggle, with some of our weaker students having fallen significantly behind. We are doing everything we can to help the girls catch up, including having specialist teachers arriving at school early to help grade 12 students in physics and chemistry.
Sporting activities have been up and running again, including Tae Kwon Do, Thai boxing, running, strength training, yoga, hand ball and volley ball. The girls are enthusiastic and love taking part in these classes before the main school day begins.
Covid is gradually abating, and our school is reopening.
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