Hartismere School

Est. 1451. An outstanding coeducational secondary school & sixth form college and England's first academy

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

History Learning at Home - Week 4 (Covid-19)

Bury St Edmunds

Friday 1 May 2020


Dear pupils and parents

History Learning at Home

Ahh the trials and tribulations of remote learning and teaching! Many parents, pupils and history teachers working from home have no doubt found that an unreliable broadband connection can have a dramatic impact on the quality of your day when it comes to getting things done. Take a collective pat on the back then everyone who has resisted the urge to throw a computer out the window in frustration when the "internet isn't working" and it seems that everything is conspiring to stymie our efforts to work efficiently. Yet worked we have and I take my hat off, once again, to the many children who have patiently pointed out errors in resources and sequencing of material, probably waited forever for videos to load and yet nevertheless once again produced some quality results. 

We have launched our participation in the University of Lincoln's 'Dig School' as promised in my previous update. Details were sent out by HartisMail yesterday but if you missed that or you are not on HartisMail then you can find the information on the school website by searching for item number: 28620. There are already three fun, fascinating and challenging workshops available but be warned they do take a fair bit of work to get through. Inevitably they also rely heavily on having a sound internet connection and access to a printer. If you do get involved there is a 'Members' facebook page which, once you've requested access and they've granted it, gives you the opportunity to see what other participants are getting up to as well. The programme is free and offered as stand alone extra-curricular enrichment activity that lasts the whole summer term. Please do let us know if you sign up. 

On 21st April I posted a few items on Instagram about Her Majesty the Queen to mark the occasion of her 94th birthday.  The Queen was 13 years of age when WWII started and when she turned 18 in 1944 she joined the ATS. It got me thinking about the children who spent most of their 'teen' years living in a country at war. Next weekend marks the 75th anniversary of VE day on 8 May 1945 and we're encouraging as many pupils as possible to do something to mark the occasion and to share, where appropriate, some photos with us to post on the website and Instagram. I've attached a flyer (with thanks to Mr Sandall) with details of what we're asking, ideas for things to do and an email address to which, with the permission of everyone involved, pictures or recordings could be sent. 

And there it is...the end of another amazingly busy week. Thank you to all the parents, pupils and teachers who have grafted this week to keep the history learning ticking over and moving forward. Have a lovely weekend. A shorter working week awaits us. Let's see if we can't make #veday75 truly memorable for all the right reasons.


With best wishes,

Richard Miller