14 Dec 2020
Aspire Academy student-athletes thronged back to the school premises for end of term examinations which ran from Thursday 3rd to Monday 14th December 2020 and held under strict observations of the coronavirus pandemic safety measures. The examinations covered all students from year 7 through to year 12 and on all subjects on the curriculum. The school management successfully planned and executed an exams schedule of the first complete school examinations for all students, to take place in the global pandemic. The exercise was no mean feat as stringent measures to safe guard and follow procedure in observing Covid-19 regulations have been laid down and put in place to guarantee the well-being of students and staff and all during the examinations was paramount.
Aspire Academy School Principal, Jassem Al Jaber paid tribute to the collective efforts that ensured the exams went effectively. “This has been a tall challenge that, as management and staff we thought out thoroughly in order to make sure that all required safety measures were put in place, students, parents and staff were well informed and briefed before the start of the exams. A lot of preparations went into setting out the different examination rooms keeping the required social distance between students maintained. The meticulous use of personal protection equipment (PPE) such as with masks, face shields, gloves sanitizers and disposable waste bins was emphasized and observed throughout exams as were precise transport arrangements for students to and from home to the Academy during this period. For the student who used Aspire school buses, social distancing rules whereby- unoccupied seats separated the students applied throughout all journeys. Upon arrival at school, students used two entrances, queued under social distancing regulations for temperature and EHTERAZ App check before being allowed to proceed to exam venue. As you can see, we took all necessary measures into consideration to create a safe environment under which the examinations would take place and it’s extremely pleasing and a relief that we have successfully run the 8 days of exams without an incident,” said Principal Jassem Al Jaber.
The end of term examinations brings to close a semester during which students have been learning and taking classes online since September due to coronavirus pandemic. Looking ahead to the 2nd semester, Principal Jassem Al Jaber spoke of a truncated programme of school from January. “We envisage that for next term we will be resuming classes on Sundays and Mondays for the high school students, while the middle school students will come to school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays we will run online lessons for all students except for the G12 students.” said Principal Jassem Al Jaber.
This gradual return to the old class room learning set-up will come as a relief to student-athlete, staff and the entire Aspire Academy as everyone looks forward to some semblance of normalcy.