Summer 2020 & Spring 2021
Last summer, St Catherine’s closed the school temporarily due to the first national lockdown; however, our Virtual School was soon up and running, allowing our pupils to continue their education with remote learning, pastoral support, co-curricular activities and assemblies operating as usual.
In the current, second period of school closure, St Catherine’s has picked up where we left off with our excellent remote provision for Prep and Senior pupils. Our Virtual School continues to operate a full school timetable with new clubs and activities added to our Virtual School. The staff and pupils of St Catherine’s are very proud to showcase some of the excellent provision across the school and the fantastic work that the girls continue to produce in these challenging times.
Headmistress’ Summer Term Assembly
History – Year 7
PE Fitness Challenge
A novel routine for workout Wednesday from Lea
Another entry to the twist and shout challenge from Poppy
Our key worker girls are also getting into the twist and shout challenge, well done girls!
Twist and shout challenge with Tia kicking off the race with an impressive 32 twists!
Setting a ferocious pace for our skipping challenge.
More and more of you are getting involved in our lockdown fitness challenges! How many jumps can you do in a minute?
One of our girls is pushing her lockdown exercise regime to the limit by Planking in super speed!
Our prep girls show off some high intensity 1 minute exercises to inspire you to keep fit and healthy! Great hustle girls!
Food and Nutrition Lessons
An Americana themed Apple Pie made by Mei in Year 9.
A delicious curry cooked by Mei in Year 9.
A gorgeous Risotto cooked up by one of our Year 7 Girls.
Pre A Level and University courses for our students
During the second half of the Summer term, we are launching a new initiative for Year 11 and Year 13. As they will have finished their GCSE and A level courses, we are offering Year 11 girls the chance to take part in pre A level classes, and the Year 13 girls are being offered pre University classes.
Departments have been working hard to ensure that the girls will be able to enjoy stimulating lessons about their academic passions. These lessons will include discussions, project work and guidance in reading around the subject. We are confident that the girls will find these classes to be both enjoyable and academically enriching and ensure they are able to hit the ground running as soon as they are back in the classroom!
Our extra-curricular provision is continuing as usual for the girls with some new additions to our usual programme. See below for some of the updates that our teachers are regularly posting for pupils:
Creative Writing Club
I am delighted to announce that Creative Writing Club will be continuing this term, and that we have two very exciting competitions coming up – one for short stories and one for poetry. The intention is that this will operate very much like a writers’ salon, with contributors posting their ideas and drafts in the classroom for others to read and discuss. I shall also suggest creative writing exercises, post links to video clips, and the details of further competitions and challenges as I find them. Come join in the fun!
House Science Competition:
It has been great to see some entries coming in already, but there is still time for yours! Details of the competition are on the slides posted in this classroom.
Earlybird Yoga is back via Google Meet
Just because we can’t currently go to the theatre doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the vast array of productions available at the moment! We will be watching one production per week by a certain time, and then having a Google Doc based discussion about various aspects of the production including acting, costume, set, and use of tech, amongst other things.
St Catherine’s Theatre Society
Just because we can’t currently go to the theatre doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the vast array of productions available at the moment! We will be watching one production per week and then having a Google Doc based discussion about various aspects of the production including acting, costume, set, and use of tech, amongst other things.
Calling all filmmakers!
We are launching a short film project, open to anyone from Year 7 upwards. Get creative: make a short film (lasting no more than ten minutes) about anything you like. It can be a comedy, a tragedy, horror, sci fi – it’s entirely up to you!
I just wanted to send my heartfelt thanks to the school. [Year 4 parent]
Thanks for continuing your important work. [Year 9 parent]
Just a short email to say that the online learning that has been set up is working extremely well and I think a vital link for the girls in these difficult times. Not only is it keeping the girls focused it is also a vital social link and good for their morale. [Year 11 parent]
I would just like to say how unbelievably impressed we have been with the school’s tackling of the last few weeks and how hard the staff have worked not only to switch the schooling away from the premises but also in maintaining everyone’s spirits under such tiring and emotional circumstances. I cannot tell you the difference it has made. [Year 5 parent]
I think the school has done an amazing job with the online teaching – many thanks to you and the rest of the staff for all the hard work you’re clearly doing. It was a near-seamless transition!
[Year 7 parent]
A Guide to Healthy Eating in Lockdown
I think the school has done an amazing job with the online teaching – many thanks to you and the rest of the staff for all the hard work you’re clearly doing. It was a near- seamless transition!
I would just like to say how unbelievably impressed we have been with the school’s tackling of the last few weeks and how hard the staff have worked not only to switch the schooling away from the premises but also in maintaining everyone’s spirits under such tiring and emotional circumstances. I cannot tell you the difference it has made.
I just wanted to say a big thumbs up to the entire St Catherine’s staff. What you have achieved is beyond what I think we could have expected with such short notice. Basically, you are running a school virtually, effectively. Not words but deeds.
Thank you for leading the school through this challenging period and supporting key worker children. [Year 13 parent]
As a family we just wanted to send you great big Thank You! The structure you have given to the class has really helped making the home learning achievable. [Year 4 parent]
The school performance is a result of impressive leadership and planning, combined with the hard work and positive approach of the most dedicated teachers and support staff. [Year 11 parent]