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Throughout this lockdown period, we have all had to live with the uncertainty of not knowing when our lives will start again. Although living in lockdown and not being able to leave the farm, unless necessary, has been a challenge but it has also been the greatest blessing. I have been lucky enough to spend lockdown with my parents, my husband and my two children and I thank God for this blessing every day. I have had to do a lot of things that I never would have seen myself doing and it has been incredibly challenging, without my amazing fellow staff members I would not have coped. I’ve had to work on the farm every day and I’ve had to change my teaching style to suit online school. I have missed the children in my class dearly, and although I have enjoyed our weekly meetings, I can’t wait for schools to re-open so that we may reconnect in person. I would like to thank my grade 4s and their parents for helping me through this challenging time and for doing so well with their online school. #thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Mrs Gail Palmer (Grade 4 Teacher)

Teaching during this lockdown period has brought a new appreciation to the importance of school. We are lucky enough to have the means to continue with our syllabus but it is evident that the classroom is an ideal learning environment.

Some learners find the online learning process exciting and they flourish, while for others it is an extremely daunting experience. When a student has a sound knowledge of the subject matter they are able to work independently and with little stress, but when new concepts are introduced some might feel overwhelmed and need that extra support. In a classroom situation, learners have the ability to ask questions freely and know that they will get the help that they require. That face-to-face contact and time spent together ‘tackling’ a challenging concept is not the same as trying to explain via tests or video meetings. Some learners do not reach out and seek the help that they need when learning online as they feel that it is their responsibility to teach themselves. There are many new skills that have had to be developed while trying to continue to get through the work that has been set.

As a teacher, this has been a roller-coaster experience. At times it has felt quite overwhelming but then fellow staff members step in and offer advice or tools that they have found to make the process a little bit easier. With each week that passes, I feel as if I have grown in my own abilities and developed a few new teaching skills.

While online learning has its benefits and integrating technology into the learning process is important, it can never replace the warmth and experiences gained in a classroom. Seeing the smiles on my pupils faces, being able to laugh together and create new memories is something that I will never take for granted. I look forward to the days when we can be together again.  #thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Miss Carly Smith (Grade 7 Teacher)

Lockdown, LOCKDOWN!  A scary, somewhat terrifying thought, I felt unsteady emotionally at the announcement that we were to stay at home for an indefinite period of time and to take it very seriously.  However, I soon realised the blessing that this has meant for me, personally.  I was at home in the place that I love being in, my safe spot, my haven.  I could spend time doing things I usually put off, I could work in the garden, I got to spend special times with my older son, Pete, who had come to stay with us from Johannesburg for Lockdown.  In short, I thanked God for this time of peace and tranquility in the midst of all the doubt and tension around me.   Then the end of the holiday period arrived, and I began frantically to prepare for the start-up of the new term in a much different way, distance learning via emails to parents, videos and WhatsApp chats.  To say that I got myself in a spin would be an understatement.  I doubted myself hugely, was convinced I couldn’t do it, was sure the Grade R parents might not feel their children’s learning needs would be met.  And yet I started the term, along with all the other Prep teachers, and with the Lord’s help through daily prayer and petition to help me, I began to get into the routine and swing of doing things differently.  There is still a special connection between myself and the Grade R children, and we enjoy sending each other videos, photos and chatting now and then about our activities through the week.  However, the connection is keener, because we miss each other and realise the value of our relationship through not seeing each other.  Each video or message that comes to our phones to or from one another is a moment of excitement and connection.  This Lockdown has brought with it many blessings, including personal growth, for which I will be eternally thankful.

#thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Mrs Linda Reynolds (Grade R Teacher)

LOCKDOWN!! Never in my life, could I have imagined myself experiencing a pandemic, which HALTED the world so rapidly. It came suddenly and it hit HARD! Initially I felt confused, imprisoned and uncertain about the future…. As time goes on, I realise that this is God’s way to say…”Be still my child and acknowledge that I am the Lord. Trust in Me and set aside your own little plans for the future.” Giving piano lessons over a little cellphone was unthinkable, but it WORKS! I am just gaining more and more.. building closer relationships with the children, and parents too! Many parents know now what piano tutoring involves and the best part…. they are willing to sacrifice their cellphones for a lesson. What I have come to realise is self-discipline and encouragement are wonderful keys to success. I am proud of being a Trevertonian and BRAVO to the headmaster, staff, pupils and parents in our school! #thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Ms Monica Hundt (Music – Prep)