On Monday, 1st June, we were fortunate enough to be able to open our doors again for boys in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 as well as Year 6 students.

Since the beginning of term, the boys have been taught via our online teaching system ‘SJB Reach’, led by virtual live teacher interaction. 

After the government’s announcement to reopen schools for Early Years and Year 6, there was much consideration at St John’s about how to create the most welcoming but safe environment for the boys to return to school. It was not only about following the official guidelines and safety regulations but also about removing the anxieties and paving a path back to normality.

Half-term was a busy time for our staff, when all preparations for a safe and happy return of the boys were made. From creating small class ‘bubbles’, setting up virtual teaching equipment to organising a smooth check-in process during arrival. We are extremely fortunate to have such extensive grounds and facilities which enabled us to create a safe environment for our boys.

And the day started early for staff at the school as they arrived in the early hours to put on the finishing touches to the ‘welcome back’ celebrations. When finally, at 7.45am, the first families were arriving on the drive, they were welcomed by banners, bunting, balloons and music. After a quick temperature check, the boys waved goodbye to their parents and went off to wash their hands and clean their shoes, before joining their long-awaited friends and teachers in their bubble.

The picture of the reunion was heartwarming and the feedback from parents overwhelming, who all appreciated all the hard work of the St John’s teachers and staff into a happy and successful day.

Boys that can not return to school at the moment benefit from the continuation of the SJB Reach online teaching programme which is run simultaneously to the live lessons with the boys back in school.

All week, the boys at school enjoyed being reunited with their teacher, enjoying the weather and learning with their friends. Check out our Flickr albums below to see what the boys were up to:

Flickr album: 2020-06-02 Pre-Prep picnic | Height: auto | Theme: Default


Flickr album: 2020-06-02 Pre-prep Outdoor Science lesson | Height: auto | Theme: Default