Sports stars drop in to support remote learning at Witham Hall

17 Jun 2020

The Remote Teaching and Learning Platform at Witham Hall School has transformed the way in which pupils have been able to access the curriculum since the Government announcement to close schools in March. Utilising a combination of Microsoft Teams and Class Notebook, pupils have been provided with a host of live and recorded content by staff, with the occasional guest appearance along the way.

Pupils in Year 6 were joined live from Kenya by Olympic gold medal winner Crista Cullen MBE for a Geography lesson. Having watched a video that Crista had kindly pre-recorded in front of the Ewaso river, in the Namunyak Conservancy in the heart of Samburuland, the children engaged in a fantastic live discussion with a real expert and learnt a lot about the unique tribes on the African continent. A lovely morning for the pupils, even if all were left a little envious to learn that Crista passes giraffes on her morning run! Crista is no stranger to Witham Hall School, having formally opened the new Sports Centre in 2017. In addition to being a world-class athlete, Crista is also the founder of Tofauti Everyone Active - a charity which aims to support the amazing wildlife and communities of Africa.

The Year 8 Leavers' Programme has featured some incredible careers talks from a number of high-profile guest speakers, including David Gower OBE. David kindly spoke at length about his career in both professional sport and the media. The talks have provided Year 8 pupils with some wonderful insights into a host of career options. In addition, pupils have received First Aid training, the Headmaster, Mr Welch, delivered a gardening session and Mrs Huxtable walked pupils through making a seven-course meal, ahead of a scheduled 'dinner date' afterwards. An exciting two-day film-making course has also been part of the programme.

Alongside the academic lessons, pupils have been fully engaged in remote in music lessons and sport sessions. The creativity, positivity and resilience of pupils and staff have shone through and, as the end of the Trinity Term draws near, the School welcomes the positive news that all pupils will be able to return in some capacity before the end of term.