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The Olavian Lockdown Chronicles - Part 1

The School is aiming to create a historical record of the unique experiences we have all had of school life, during the Covid-19 “Lockdown”. Parents/Carers students and staff are warmly invited to submit their thoughts, reflections, or experiences for inclusion in our unique “Lockdown Chronicles – Part 1”.

The following provides information and guidance about the chronicles and how to submit your reflections. Mr Espejo, along with the Year 12 students who will be helping edit the Lockdown Chronicles would greatly appreciate your submissions.

Why are we doing this?

The purpose of the Lockdown Chronicle is to create a historical record that details our experiences of school life at St. Olave’s during the Covid-19 lockdown. By asking for contributions from across the Olavian Community, we hope to capture the broadest possible range of thoughts, feelings and emotions on how school life has changed during these unprecedented times. We hope the Lockdown Chronicle will serve as a record future generations of Olavians can explore and learn from when they reflect on the pandemic.

How can I contribute to this?
 
To contribute to the Lockdown Chronicle please produce a reflection on your experiences of education during the period since March 23rd 2020. You may choose to reflect on the experience as a whole or focus on an event or aspect of the lockdown or share an anecdote from it. While it may be easiest to produce a written reflection (up to a maximum of 750 words please), this does not need to be the only medium we include, painting, poetry and other creative arts can be used to record your reflection.
 
Where do I send my submission?
 
We would ask you to produce your reflection and send it to us at:
lockdownChronicle@StOlavesGrammarSchool.onmicrosoft.com.

Alongside a written reflection, a photo of the workspace you have been working from (your desk/classroom away from school!) during the lockdown period would also provide an excellent additional source for the chronicles.

Please continue to send your reflections of your experiences of school life at St. Olave’s during the Covid-19 lockdown to the following email address, the deadline is Tuesday 30th June:

Blog

Thank you to the students, parents and staff who have already sent their submissions for the “Lockdown Chronicles – Part 1”. All submissions can be viewed on our blog, showcasing all the submissions we receive and updated regularly here: https://stolavesgrammarschool.sharepoint.com/sites/StOlavesLockdownChronicles-Part1  If you would like your submission to be anonymised please let us know.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 30th June; we feel it is important to capture our thoughts and feelings now just as the lockdown is beginning to be eased. After the deadline we will curate all the submissions and compile a magazine that will be printed and also made available electronically to serve as the historical record of St. Olave’s during this period. In the event the country or London is put into a lockdown again, we will re-visit this idea and create “Part 2” as a means of capturing the changing thoughts and feelings of our community again.

 
What should I include?
 
The purpose of the questions listed below is to provide a stimulus for your reflection. There is no expectation you answer any of them directly. Some are specific to school life during lockdown while others are about the broader issues that have shaped our experience of the last three months.
 
General questions:
- How has the lockdown affected you?
- How was the lockdown affected your experience of education?
- Has the lockdown benefited you in any ways?
- How has lockdown affected your relationship with your friends, family and colleagues?
- Have you been doing things (apart from remote working/learning) which you didn’t do before lockdown?
- Have you taken up any new hobbies?
- Is there anything new which have started doing what you want to continue after the lockdown is finished?
- Have you found the lockdown experience has become easier more difficult the longer it has gone on?
- Do you think the lockdown has changed you as student/parent/teacher?
- Have you learned anything about yourself during the lockdown?
- How do you feel about the way the government has tackled education and schools during lockdown?
 
For staff (teaching and non-teaching):
- Do you think your future teaching will have benefitted from this experience?
- Do you feel more or less tired at the end of the school day compared to when we are working normally in school?
- What do you miss most about school? Do you miss anything surprising?
- How do you think you will remember the experience of teaching remotely during the lockdown in 5 or 10 years time?
 
For students:
- Do you feel more or less tired at the end of the school day compared to when we are working normally in school?
- How have you adapted to not seeing your friends at school?
- How have you coped working remotely from home potentially alongside the rest of your family?
- What do you miss most about school? Do you miss anything surprising?
- How do you think you will remember the experience of teaching remotely during the lockdown in 5 or 10 years time?
 
For Parents/Carers:
- Has your perception of the way your son/daughter works changed will they have been studying remotely?
- How has your son/daughter coped working at home alongside the rest of their family?
- How do you think you will remember the experience of parenting while your child/children worked remotely during the lockdown in 5 or 10 years time?

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Espejo via email (despejo@saintolaves.net).