9th October 2020
Greetings from Malpi International School!
We are glad to share that, despite the various challenges, we have completed 139 days of online teaching classes until today. We started our virtual classes on 15th April 2020 (3rd Baisakh 2077). At this juncture, we have completed three Periodic Performance Evaluations, i.e. the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd PPEs, and will be sending the 3rd PPE results soon. I would like to congratulate and commend our students, parents, teachers and staff, who have been working hard from home, trying their best to adjust to this “new normal”. Further, please reach out to us if you notice that your child is struggling at home regarding assignments or understanding of concepts that are taught in class. If required, we will request our faculty to start virtual tutoring to help your child.
Though there are many positive signs of schools re-opening soon, we would like to assure all parents that we will not open the school until both the environment and the situation are completely safe for us to run the physical classes. Recently, the education authorities from Panauti Municipality have given directives for schools in the municipality to resume normal regular classes, but with proper precautions against COVID-19, and many have already started opening the schools. The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology have also declared that the examination should be conducted ensuring safety measures. At this point, we are not ready to take any risks considering the number of cases arising in the Kathmandu Valley and request all parents to stay safe.
Over the past months, we`ve had several fruitful training sessions with our faculty on developing skills required to improve the delivery of our online classes, our lesson plans, activities, and much more. Now, we are preparing to have our staff undergo additional training to ensure they are fully prepared to handle the changes required, and to support students who might be feeling additionally anxious or worried about their return to school. Just last Wednesday, on the 7th of October, we had an online training on “Pedagogy in the Pandemic: The Newest Learning Tools for Proactive Educators” by Craig Henson, Director from the University of Applied Research and Development.
We would also like to welcome our new batch of twenty Grade XI students who have joined our Science and Management Streams, starting on 17th September 2020 (1st Ashwin 2077). We welcome you all to the Malpi fold!
Please note that the School will remain closed for the Dashain/Tihar break from Thursday, 22nd October (6th Kartik) till Saturday, 21st November 2020 (6th Mangsir 2077). Further, we will be assigning “Project-Based assignments” for all our students during this Dashain/Tihar break. These assignments will be graded to add to the student’s credit.
Though we are still at a “Wait and Watch” state regarding the Pandemic, we are not sure when the physical classes will resume. However, we will continue to operate our online classes from Sunday, 22nd November 2020 (7th Mangsir 2077). We will assess the situation after we resume and will be sending you the updates regularly via our school website.
I, on behalf of the school, would like to wish all our parents, students, teachers, staff, and well-wishers a very Happy Dashain, Tihar, and Chhat. We hope the festivities bring joy and happiness to your homes.
Finally, we request all of you to take care of yourself and the family, stay safe, and take all precautions. Thank you.