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April 2020 Newsletter

It has been weeks fraught with many hitherto unpopular terms; Lock-down, Shut down, Stay at home, Social distancing, Quarantine, Self Isolation, Sheltering, Ventilators. These have altered our familiar ways of life.

This circumstance has afforded us a chance to make the most of our robust e-learning platform to ensure pupils suffer minimal disruption in their learning.

 

Tech Week

Tech Week commenced in the last week of March amidst the lock down and climaxed on April 6th. Pupils had lovely creations to demonstrate their understanding of assortment of applications, showcase their creativity and ability to collaborate with peers. We congratulate all pupils who participated in the Tech Week contest; special congratulations to our winner Semifayo Akinseye and other runners up namely; Treasure Ekpatt, Obaloluwa Ibitoye, Adepomola Ibitoye and Victory Bakare.

 

Virtual Poetry Class

On Friday April 17th, our upper Primary pupils had the benefit of joining Mr. Tade Ipadeola in a Google meet Poetry session. Mr. Ipadeola is an award winning Nigerian poet, Essayist and author. He is the 2013 winner of NLNG Prize for Literature and a participant in the 2019 International Writing Program (IWP). The session was interactive as well as educating as pupils had the chance to draw from Mr. Ipadeola’s wealth of experience with the view of improving their scripting, poetry and creative writing skills.  

 

Remote Learning

After taking a short Easter break, Remote Learning commenced fully on Monday, April 27th 2020 with Welcome Assemblies for different year groups. Prior to this date, schedules were shared with pupils and parents to enable them follow through. The experience has been remarkable with tons of support from parents. The Remote Learning comes in two forms; live sessions and self paced sessions. We encourage pupils to keep a tab on events in the online classroom to ensure they do not miss out on any activity. Tasks are regularly assigned by teachers; pupils are to ensure these are turned in promptly.

Community Service

In living our purpose of positively impacting our community, we have considered incorporating into our remote learning, pupils in our community who do not have access to any form of virtual learning at this time. Links to access this superb experience will be shared with all our parents for giving out to family and friends who might want to benefit from this. This is open to children between the ages of 4-10.

It is a great to share! The Howbury family has always supported the Sickle cell foundation.  We have recently approached a public health institution to offer virtual learning to children ages (4-10) on admission in the facility for one week or more for sickle cell related ailments. Details of this will be communicated as the plans unfold.

Ease of lock-down

With the government's directive of partial lifting of lock down, we encourage you not to relax all precautionary measures to fight Covid-19. As much as possible:

(a)              boost your immune system with regular intake of fruits, vegetables and Vitamin C;

(b)             avoid embraces from colleagues who may be overjoyed seeing you after a long time;

(c)              no one should talk to you standing while you are seated; stand up to avoid his or her droplets dropping down on you;

(d)             do not enjoy AC in your cozy office without a good face mask because transmission is aided by a cold environment.

(e)              avoid visitors in your house, avoid crowded places even with face masks, avoid handling money;

(f)               do not touch your face after touching phones, car keys , computers, ATM until they are washed

(g)              clean phones and car keys regularly with spirits or disinfected wipes especially when coming back home

 

We are closely following updates from government agencies regarding any directive for schools at this time and any news on school resumption, and would sure communicate same with you as soon as they become available to us.

 

Thank you for your usual cooperation.

Keep staying safe!

Ezinne Eze-Obaji

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