Hermannsburg’s proactive response to COVID-19

2020-03-25 06:01
photo: suppliedHermannsburg’s teachers receive training on Microsoft Teams in order to ensure that the school can continue to deliver quality education to the pupils in the event that schools need to remain closed after Easter.

photo: suppliedHermannsburg’s teachers receive training on Microsoft Teams in order to ensure that the school can continue to deliver quality education to the pupils in the event that schools need to remain closed after Easter.

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WASHING hands regularly and social distancing are now part of our everyday lives at Hermannsburg, as Hermannsburg, along with all schools in our country, closed early for the Easter holiday last week.

Deputy principal Lothar Witthoft said: “We hope and trust that our [pupils], parents and teachers will stay safe during the coming weeks, and that the Covid-19 virus pandemic is quickly brought under control. To ensure that quality education continues for our [pupils], especially the Grade 12s, our teachers were trained on Microsoft Teams and will be presenting lessons and learning materials using Teams and a range of other methods that pupils can access from home. Should the school closure continue after Easter, we will be ready to continue preparing our pupils for their matric examinations and for their return to normal lessons.

“Our school’s forward planning has also meant that some of our school events have had to be postponed. Sadly, the much-anticipated Sport Olympiade for German schools from southern and northern Africa had to be called off, as well as the Germany Exchange Programme for this year, as Germany and South Africa closed down schools and flights.

The good news is that other events have only been moved to later in the year: most notably, this year’s Schulfest has been moved to 7-8 August, and the HMB Funduro will also now take place towards the end of the year. Our Open Day for the ‘Little Oaks’ Kindergarten and Primary School has been moved to 16 June, as we have extended our second term to end on 19 June (to compensate for tuition that couldn’t take place last week).

The Heritage Trail, which will recreate the route the missionaries took to reach Hermannsburg from Durban, has been moved to September/October.”

Hermannsburg will continue to be proactive during this time of crisis, and our parents are being kept up to date via email and the D6 School Communicator. — Supplied.

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