A very warm welcome to all of our new and returning ESF parents, from Kindergarten to Year 13. I must say that it doesn’t really feel like the end of summer holidays, with most of us having stayed in Hong Kong instead of travelling. However, hopefully you were still able to enjoy the unusually clear skies and perhaps, even discovered new parts of Hong Kong with your family.
It’s a strange start to the new academic year. We’ve never had to face ‘back to school’ with empty classrooms and our students and teachers still at home, in front of their computers. Starting the new academic year online isn’t what any of us had hoped for. We share your frustration and disappointment that your children aren’t physically back at school. Like you, we want them in class learning and playing with their friends every day, as soon as that becomes safe and possible.
Unfortunately we don’t know when that can be. What we do know, is that we will be given two weeks’ notice from the Education Bureau before we can open our gates, albeit in a phased manner and with social distancing measures. Rest assured we already have clear plans in place to welcome your children back to school. We will continue the 100% learning, 50% at school model we developed earlier this year. So the transition from only online learning to returning to school will be seamless and most importantly your child’s learning will continue throughout. We all yearn for the day that social distancing measures are relaxed so that we can have everyone in school together and life can get back to normal.
In the meantime, we are committed to giving your child the best learning experience possible within an online environment. We don’t want anyone to feel overwhelmed and burdened. We have listened and learnt from your feedback, researched what is working well within ESF and elsewhere and will continue to refine and adapt our approach to make learning more interactive, more engaging and in doing so, more enjoyable. We understand the importance of daily ‘face-to-face’ interactive teaching and learning and the need for continuity and progression in your child’s learning.
As always thank you for your ongoing support. Being entrusted with your child’s learning is a privilege and a responsibility that everyone in ESF takes seriously.
Chief Executive Officer