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LATEST UPDATE: Friday 17 April 2020

Dear Parents and Students

I hope that you had a chance for a good break over Easter. Even as we confront the uncertainties generated by the Coronavirus, the recent days of blazing sunshine here at the College have imbued a sense of optimism. A new term is always a time of renewal and while I wish everyone were here on site together I know that that time will come. In the meantime, it is good to be thinking of fresh opportunities to learn together: technology enables amazing things.

Attached to this message you will find some important documents about the shape of the term to come. After an initial period of work by distance learning for the whole school in the final working week of last term, Lancing has been a hive of staff training and investment in remote learning. This means that from the start of the new term Tuesday morning we will be following – in broad terms – the ‘normal’ lesson timetable with classes operating as usual and with a start of day registration via Houses.

Dr Herbert has spelled out the details in a letter to all year groups and there are specific notes for each group too. He has made a short summary film (please see the email for a link and password). I recommend that you start there before moving into the specifics. You will note that each Year Group has been assigned a senior member of staff who will act as the co-ordinator for their programme. Their names and email addresses are all included and you should, as ever, feel free to be in touch with Housemasters and Housemistresses if you have any general queries.

We have also put together 10 Tips for Optimising Distance Learning (see link below). Do make use of it: this guidance is designed to work in tandem with the routine of the new term. It provides very practical instructions on making each day work successfully and ranges from setting up the right sort of workspace, to keeping fit and the best way to use down-time after the working day is done.

With best wishes as the new term starts and in the hope that you are keeping safe and well,

Yours sincerely,

Dominic Oliver