30 Dec Overcoming adversity
Overcoming adversity has made us stronger
Everyone has been affected by Covid-19. Schools have been hardest hit as physical classes were cancelled and online lessons became the norm.
Not many could cope with the change but Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) International School took it all in its stride.
“There were teething problems – as with all new things – but it only lasted a few days,” said co-founder Veronica Shepherdson.
“Once we got the hang of online classes, everything went smoothly.
“The lessons were similar to the physical classes except we added more activities to kill monotony and to give the scholars a break from looking at the screen for too long.”
Such has been the success of its online classes, the school initiated an online programme for new students.
It is for parents who don’t want to send their children to school until Covid-19 is eradicated.
While the online classes were a success, Shepherdson is extremely proud of the school’s virtual graduation for the pre-primary and Year 6 scholars.
The school had to make a last-minute change for the graduation after the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was re-imposed in October.
“One minute, we were allowed back to school and the next, we were told we had to go back to online lessons due to the rise in Covid-19 cases,” she said.
“It affected our plans for the graduation which is one of the highlights of the school year.
“As such, we had to organise a virtual graduation at the last minute.”
She said the success of the virtual graduation highlighted the ‘family bonding’ at GOTS International School as the parents, scholars and coaches had to work together to make it a success.
“We couldn’t have made it work without the cooperation of everyone.
“That is the beauty of our school. We are one big family. They are always there when we need to get things done.”
As a gesture to thank the parents, GOTS International School offered discounts on the school fees and special locked-in fees.
Despite the challenges, Shepherdson said she is happy one of her former students, Nicole Ng, has joined the school as a coach.
“Nicole and another coach (Recine Wan Jasmine Jaafar) did their bit for charity with Recine going bald to raise awareness for cancer patients.
“Nicole released a mini Christmas album with all proceeds going to an Orang Asli community in Mantin.
“Nicole also won an acting award (at the KLPAC’s Short and Sweet Festival). It was her first time acting in a professional setting and she won the best actress award!
“I’m so proud of her, Recine and the rest of my team who have exceeded what was expected of them this year.”
To learn more about GOTS, our fee structure for 2021 and our Definitely Different methodology, call our education consultants at +6011-3906 6866, WhatsApp https://wa.me/
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