End of the Term Letter to the BSB Parents

Dear Parents,

We would like to thank you for all of your hard work and effort in supporting us keep the children’s learning moving forward these last few weeks, as well as to congratulate everyone on completing our second term of this academic year. Your support and feedback have been much appreciated and have been essential to the successes we have experienced in launching our Online Learning Programme.

We are obviously thinking about the possibility of a significantly extended school closure and how we can sustain an effective model of online learning without exhausting our students, our families and our teachers. The School Leadership Team will carry on working on developing solutions over the next two weeks.

More detailed information about the Online Learning Programme will be available soon on our website.

To Primary Parents from the Head of Primary

Please be assured that the school will keep you informed of any developments in the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Until we are told otherwise, we will continue to operate under the assumption that lessons will resume in school on 21st April. However, should schools need to remain closed, the BSB Online Learning Programme will continue at 8:30 a.m. on that day, and we are also planning for this contingency. As per normal, the curriculum overview for the Summer term will be made available via Google Classroom and if school is open, through My School Portal.

I am currently in the process of creating a video ‘thank you’ card for teaching and support staff, in order to show my gratitude for the incredibly hard work and long hours they have put into maintaining their academic, pastoral and administrative responsibilities. If your child would like to contribute by creating a short video greeting, or by sending a photo of a poster, etc., please share this via bsb.primary@britishschool.ro through your child’s Google account. I am certain that any contribution would be very much appreciated.

I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you soon, even if via Google Meet. Take care, stay healthy and be safe.

Kind regards,

Victoria Smith

To Secondary Parents from the Head of Secondary

Your child’s report will be ready early next week, and you will be contacted separately when it is ready for download. Parents of students in Years 7 – 10 will receive a grade card and Years 11 -13 will receive a full written report and grade card. You will notice that alongside the attainment grade, one single effort mark has been awarded for ‘attitude to learning’. Both grades take into consideration all work since the last reporting session, including engagement during the past weeks, but also the challenges faced by our students and families during the latter part of this term.

  • School Opening

I usually include a ‘dates for your diary’ section in my end-of-term report letters and this is no exception. This information is based on the opening of the school on Tuesday, 21st April, but on this matter, we are awaiting updates from the Romanian Government and will communicate any changes to you in the interim during the Easter break. If we open as planned, we will be starting at the usual time of 8.15 a.m. and in summer uniform. However, should schools need to remain closed, the BSB Online Learning Programme will continue at 8:30 a.m. on that day.

As per normal, the curriculum overview for the Summer term will be made available via Google Classroom and if school is open, through Parents’ Portal.

  • Easter Work

Your child should use the Easter break to check their Google Classroom accounts to ensure that they have caught up on work as needed, but also to complete any optional work which may be posted there. For students in examination year groups, there may be focused or specific work which needs completing.

  • External Examinations

The examination boards are currently in a consultation period with schools to ascertain a plan to calculate a grade for students who would have been sitting GCSE and A Level examinations this summer. We have sent our thoughts, queries and feedback to them as requested and as soon as we know the exact requirements stipulated by the boards, we will let you know. The latest information from CAIE is here. In any case, there will not be a designated ‘study leave’ period after Easter for any year group, but instead there is likely to be a period for gathering of evidence for the examination boards and preparation for any internal assessments we would want to conduct, either in school if open or remotely if not. These assessments would enable us to produce a further piece of reliable evidence, should this be to the benefit of our students and should the board require this.

Take care, stay healthy and be safe.

With best wishes,

Jason Porter

CCAs

The paid CCAs of term 2 will restart on Monday, 6th April, through Google classroom using Google Meet, where the students will interact with the teacher on live sessions as follows:

  • Fencing for Beginners - Lessons will be split into two parts, a specific physical training and a specific theoretical training. What is needed: a water bottle.
  • Fencing for Advanced - Lessons will be split into two parts, a specific physical training and a specific theoretical training. What is needed: a water bottle .
  • Private Fencing - Lessons will be split into two parts, a specific physical training and a specific theoretical training. What is needed: a water bottle .
  • Karate for Beginners - Students are recommended to wear their equipment, if possible, have a mat ready to be used and a water bottle .
  • Karate for Advanced - Students are recommended to wear their equipment, if possible, have a mat ready to be used and a water bottle .
  • Romanian for Native Speakers -Reading and debating traditional Romanian stories and working on grammar. Students will need a book and something to write with .
  • Robotics& Lego - Improving skills on programming. Students will only need a laptop to use during these lessons .
  • Robotics and STEM - Improving skills on programming. Students will only need a laptop to use during these lessons .
  • Gymnastics - Stretching exercises and body conditioning exercises. Students will need to wear comfortable clothes, a mat and a water bottle .
  • Ballet - Stretching and grace exercises in a relaxing atmosphere. Students will need to wear comfortable clothes, a mat and a water bottle ,
  • Acro-dance - Stretching exercises and body conditioning exercises. Students will need to wear comfortable clothes, a mat and a water bottle .
  • Guitar- Practicing playing the guitar with the sheet music individually as well as with the teacher. Students will only need their guitar .

For the students signed up for the Climbing Sessions, Drawing, Painting & Creativity and Clay Modeling, which were missed during this period, the amounts paid for them will be used to reduce next year’s CCAs fee.

We would ask that you ensure that both yourself and your child can log in to their school Google account (BSB Online) and that you can access and navigate:

  • Google Drive (drive.google.com)
  • Google Classroom (classroom.google.com)
  • Google Meet (meet.google.com)
  • Google Calendar (calendar.google.com).

BSB Community

To all of you in our BSB community, we express our sincere support and solidarity and assure you of our support in the weeks to come.

We are building a bank of resources to support you during this holiday, including activities, courses to take, online museums to visit, fitness classes and so on. We know many of you will already have great resources to recommend and we encourage you to do so.

Holidays mean relaxation, experiencing new places, visits to museums or, why not, a good book on a sunny afternoon. We can still do this. Even now, it is important to allow ourselves to enter into the holiday mood.

We hope that the following recommendations will sweeten your days during the weeks to come and will create a holiday like feeling:

Coping with Kids during Quarantine

https://www.forbes.com/sites/biancamillercole/2020…

https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/thing…

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/fun-t…

https://www.bayareaparent.com/Article/Keeping-Your…

Museums

Books

  • Reading increases creativity and imagination and gives you a different perspective of life. Please, see the link below and recommend a good book to your friends. Even now, you could borrow or download good books and enjoy reading them.

https://openlibrary.org

https://humanitas.ro/humanitas/colectii/biblioteca…

https://www.free-ebooks.net/

  • The Google Arts and Culture application offers for the adventurous user a good opportunity to interact with a variety of artworks, architecture, history and culture from around a world. https://artsandculture.google.com/explore

Theatre & Opera

Cooking

We will continue to offer you more cooking experiences with Diana Bart of @bartofcooking from our cooking show ‘Yummy BSB’. Tuesday and Thursday starting 7 p.m. on the BSB Official Facebook page. Find out more of Diana’s delicious recipes here.

Diana Bart is a respected journalist, TV presenter and Interior designer with a long-lasting passion for food and cooking. Find out more about Diana here.

Fitness

Live Fitness Session hosted by Dr. Al Nablsi. #BSBStayingFit, Monday, Wednesday & Friday starting 7 p.m. on the BSB Official Facebook page. Dr. Al Nablsi is certified with a PhD in Human Motricity Science being a specialist in injury prevention and a strength and conditioning coach with over 18 years’ experience studying the effects of exercise in sedentary people in relation with lifestyle improvement.

Invite all your friends to follow BSB Social Media Official pages, for more recommendations and enjoyable experiences. We are strong together. #BSBCommunity

https://www.facebook.com/BritishSchoolBucharest/

https://twitter.com/britishschoolro

https://www.instagram.com/british.school.bucharest…

Takanaka

We are happy to inform you, that we have managed to purchase the necessary ingredients and health and safety equipment allowing Takanaka Bakery to open and start producing safely its famous sweetbreads (Cozonac) & Easter cheesecake (Pasca).

We accept orders via the Parents’ Portal starting 7thApril. The payment will be done via credit card and one of our couriers will deliver the order, in full safety, to your home.

Deliveries will start on 9th April and continue until 16th April inclusive. For companies & larger orders please e-mail directly office@britishschool.ro.

School Lunch

In the scenario of an extended school closure going into Term 3, the amounts paid for the days where the school was closed will be used to reduce next year’s lunch fee.

Home Assistance & Groceries

Should you be stuck at home and need assistance with shopping. Please e-mail: office@britishschool.ro. We will do our best to send one of our couriers to shop for you.

School Counsellor

Counselling support is available from our School Counsellor during the holidays. Teaching staff may suggest this for a child and would be in contact with you should this be the case. However, should you identify a counselling need for your child, please contact your class teacher, Head of Key Stage or Head of School via office@britishschool.ro and online appointments will be organised.

Easter Break

During the Easter break, we want our teachers to have as complete a rest as possible and to be offline where feasible.

It is also healthy for your children to be offline as much as possible for that period of time, in order to rest and reset.

We hope you enjoy these next two weeks of holiday and take a well-deserved rest.

Our whole team wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!