In line with Government Guidance, Princess Helena College temporarily closed it's doors on 20 March 2020. We are continuing to do everything we can to provide a high quality education to our students.
We have been delivering lessons to students via Microsoft Teams, these have been a mixture of remote and pre-recorded lessons. Students are expected to follow the normal timetable; however, lessons have been shortened to 40 minutes to allow students to have a short break from their computer screens. Lessons are available for students to watch again so they can go back over the lesson if needed or catch up if they missed the lesson.
Alongside lessons we are continuing to support our students pastorally, all students are expected to be involved in all of the pastoral elements of school life, including registrations, house activity, assembly, mentor time and PSHE lessons.
Students in Year 11 and 13 have been taking part in Pre A Level and Pre University Courses respectively.
Here is a selection of the feedback we have received from parents regarding our remote learning programme.
This is just a quick email to express our gratitude firstly, for keeping us updated throughout the Easter holidays on everything that was happening at PHC, but also for the preparations you were making at PHC in connection with the Remote Teaching.
After the first day yesterday, it turned out to be very user friendly, efficient and, we could easily say, ultimately a success.
We did ask our son at the end of the day about how he would rate the new way of learning, to which he answered that he sees no difference at all and he would give it 100% for effectiveness so far.
Inevitably, there was the occasional sound glitch here and there, but nowadays we see this thing happening all the time on live TV, so we just need to learn to deal with it as best as we can.
In any case, from the feedback we are getting from parents of children going to other schools (including some independent), it feels like PHC is months ahead with the Remote Teaching programme thanks to, I guess, choosing the right platform, adequate preparations, but also undoubtedly, the hard work of teachers, expert management advice and decades of experience.
Of course, nothing can replace the buzz and excitement of being at school and all the facilities and resources there at its disposal, but I guess in extreme times we all need to make sacrifices.
Once again, thank you and your colleagues at PHC for everything you are doing and hopefully things will soon get back to normal.
Year 7 Parent
We would like to let the amazing leadership and teaching staff know that as parents of a PHC pupil, we are proud and extremely encouraged to see how well organised and prepared they are and have been, in this exceptional time in the history of all our lives.
By maintaining a well-constructed, well delivered and well managed timetable of teaching, the school Team is demonstrating and teaching their pupils that in times of adversity, a normality is vital for wellbeing and in preparation of future outcomes.
Many parents, like us, throughout the world are struggling to make sense of current events. Their children look to peers and elders for answers, comfort and support. Sadly, the unknown is affecting everyone and we grownups don’t have the answers. But what we can give them is some continuity, normality, skills and a listening ear.
We would like to thank you and your wonderful team for giving our child the crucial support and teaching she requires in these few weeks as we collectively battle a horrible enemy. It is an extremely important point in her life, and the life of her peers.
As all parents, we endeavour to help our daughter and The PHC teaching staff in every way possible. Please keep us informed of any additional support we can give to you all.
Year 12 Parent
Just a quick note to say how impressed I have been with the outstanding job you are all doing during difficult times.
Both our children are really enjoying the online lessons.
I occasionally walk into a room when there is a lesson in progress and it’s not hard to see the level of professionalism from the teachers and how great the interaction is between pupils and teachers.
So fantastic and very well done!
Parent of Year 7 and Year 11 Students
I can’t thank the teaching staff and everyone involved at PHC enough for their support in our daughter's home learning! I understand that this is a huge learning curve for everyone which has taken a great deal of hard work and time (especially when you may be at home juggling your own family commitments). You have prepared our daughter so well that she seems completely unfazed by her learning, understands the new technology involved and seems completely at ease with it all.
I think the success started with early warning of the digital learning approach giving us time to prepare. The Teams sites are well structured and with good privacy settings. Lessons are being fine-tuned each day such as the advice from the music teacher on how to position the laptop and microphone.
Also, thank you for your pastoral care, checking in with her and her well-being. I know that she appreciates that as we do too. Thank you PHC. Keep safe and well.
Year 9 Parent
I wanted to congratulate and thank you and the team, all went smoothly and my daughter has really enjoyed the week. As each week goes it will get better and better.
As a working Mum working from home, you delivering excellence this week with home schooling has made my life and stress levels easier.
Please pass on my sincere thank you to everyone.
Year 9 Parent
Once again thank you, here’s hoping for us all to remain safe and well and hopefully to bring PHC back to life soon with all the students and staff returning.
Year 9 Parent
Just a quick note to say thank you to you and all your team of staff for their hard work and care to the girls this week.
Having completed a week of remote teaching myself whilst juggling the needs of my daughters, I am too tired to type more but I know how hard you are all working and I thank you for this.
Parent of Year 7 and Year 12 Students
I would just like to thank you and all your team for the hard work they are putting in during this difficult time. I can appreciate how hard it must be for them especially those with a young family at home too. The girls and I also enjoy Miss Prosser’s Instagram messages which certainly helps to keep everyone motivated. Well done to you all. Take care and stay safe.
Parent of Year 9 and Year 11 Students