St Peter's 13-18
(Image: Commemoration 2019)
Under normal circumstances, pupils, staff, parents and governors at St Peter’s School would have been celebrating their annual Commemoration Service at York Minster today. Instead, Commemoration is being celebrated virtually via the School’s website.
Commemoration provides an opportunity for the School community to gather to mark the end of the academic year and reflect on everything that has been achieved.
Despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, there is much to celebrate at St Peter’s School this year. Thanks to the individual and collective efforts of the whole School community, a sense of normality has been maintained during lockdown.
Pupils from Reception to Upper Sixth have enjoyed educational continuity thanks to a dynamic remote learning programme developed and delivered by the School’s teaching staff. Over 5,500 remote lessons have been delivered to pupils aged 13-18 alone during the summer term.
The co-curricular life of the School has also continued virtually, with concerts, debating, dance clubs, talks, book clubs, literature festivals and exercise classes all being hosted online, including over 1,900 music lessons.
House competitions have continued thanks to the House Isolation Olympics and a variety of sports challenges. Pupils have engaged with fun and quirky challenges from home including the Inter-House Bake Off and a Virtual Sports Day. The School community has also responded creatively to individual competitions, including an Easter egg painting competition and a photography competition which received over 100 entries.
Regular House meetings have been held over Zoom to ensure that pupils are looking after their mental health at home, whilst a pastoral newsletter and online listening space have provided on-going support to safeguard the well-being of pupils during this difficult time.
In addition, the School has demonstrated its community spirit and the importance of partnerships since lockdown began, donating much-needed PPE to York Hospital, manufacturing visors for health professionals, providing accommodation and parking for NHS doctors and remaining open for the children of key workers.
Mr Jeremy Walker, Head Master of St Peter’s School, said: “Our ability to overcome the difficulties that we have faced is proof that, whatever life throws at us in the future, we can overcome challenges together and thrive and flourish under the circumstances. We have been able to achieve so much because our foundations are strong and secure.
“I extend my gratitude and heartfelt thanks to my wonderful colleagues and the entire School community. I would especially like to thank our pupils, who have ultimately had to draw on their own character and ability to adapt to new ways of being 'at school' whilst being at home.”
The end of term will be especially poignant for the Upper Sixth pupils who are leaving St Peter’s School this year, but they have been welcomed back to School in small numbers this week for a socially distanced BBQ and reunion. The School plans to organise a proper celebration as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Virtual Commemoration includes Addresses from the Head Master, the Heads of School and the Chairman of Governors, as well as a virtual Commemoration Service, Awards and Prize-giving, a virtual Cabaret Concert, virtual Art and Design Exhibitions and much more.