Year 7,8 and 9 students returned from the Winter Holiday to a new routine in school. From now on, their lunch break - period 5 - will be device free. in all the main recreational areas of the school there will be no phones or ipads allowed. And this is clearly signposted. There will be pockets of spaces available for students who would like to do homework in those times where they can access a device. Staff on duty are monitoring the situation.
The first week seems to have gone well. Students, for the most part, seem to have accepted the change. Many are enjoying interacting with their peers. As you can see from the photos kids are playing and chatting. Hopefully we can strike that delicate balance between giving them devices as a tool to enhance their education, whilst also teaching them the value of face to face interaction, and to take a break from screen time.
Another space available to the students is the Library, where students can both do homework on their device as well as play deviceless games under supervision. Head Librarian, Izabella Tomljanovich, has asked for recommendations from students about which non electronic to buy.
The first reports from the whole community have been positive. Long may it continue! If you have any feedback for the school, please contact Ms Nijsten, the Deputy Head Lower School.