Can you provide an overview of your school’s mission and vision for the upcoming school year?
The Vale College gives our young ladies and gentlemen a good solid educational base.
The college offers a total education with the aim of producing young women and men of character and learning.
Since the establishment of The Vale College, the school has continued to exemplarily distinguish itself by providing holistic education, as evident from the students we graduate each year, true to our watchword, “Character and Learning.
What are the school’s goals for academic achievement in the coming year, and how you plan to support student success?
We plan to support students success by: Providing high-quality instruction from qualified teachers, offering a rigorous curriculum that challenges all students, providing students with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities and providing students with support for their academic and social-emotional needs.
What do you believe is the key to a successful school year for both students and teachers?
I believe that the key to a successful school year for both students and teachers is a positive and collaborative learning environment. This means creating a space where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued. It also means setting clear expectations and providing students with the support they need to succeed.
Can you share some effective teaching strategies that have consistently yielded positive results in your classroom?
Here are some effective teaching strategies that I have used in my classroom:
Differentiate instruction: This means tailoring the• learning to the individual needs of each student. This can be done by providing different levels of difficulty, using different teaching methods, or offering different learning materials.
Use active learning strategies: This means getting• students involved in the learning process. This can be done through activities such as group work, projects, and problem solving.
Provide feedback: This means giving students regular• feedback on their work. This feedback should be specific and constructive, and it should help students improve their learning.
Create a positive learning environment: This means creating a space where students feel safe, respected, and valued. This can be done by setting clear expectations, establishing routines, and creating a sense of community.
In your opinion, what are the most important skills that students should focus on in the modern world?
The most important skills that students should focus on developing for success in the modern world are:
Critical thinking: This is the ability to think clearly and rationally. It involves being able to analyse information, identify problems, and solve them.
Problem-solving: This is the ability to find solutions to problems. It involves being able to think creatively and come up with new ideas.
Collaboration: This is the ability to work effectively with others. It involves being able to communicate effectively, share ideas, and compromise.
Communication: This is the ability to express oneself clearly and effectively. It involves being able to write, speak, and listen effectively.
Digital literacy: This is the ability to use technology effectively. It involves being able to use computers, tablets, and other devices to access information, communicate, and create content.
What are you looking forward to the most as you return to school this year?
I am looking forward to seeing my friends and teachers again, and to being able to learn in person. I am also looking forward to participating in extracurricular activities and making new memories.
Can you share any tip for students on how students can to stay organised and manage their time effectively during the school year?
Students can stay organised and manage their time effectively during the school year by creating a schedule and sticking to it as much as possible. This will help them stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed, set priorities and focus on the most important tasks first. They should not try to do everything at once, take breaks throughout the day to avoid burnout.
How do you think your school experience may differ this year compared to the previous year?
I think the school experience might be different this year compared to the previous year in a few ways. Firstly, I think I will be more engaged in class activities because I will be able to see my teachers and classmates in person. Secondly, I think I will have more opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Lastly, I think I will be able to make more friends and connections.
What advice do you have for fellow students who may be feeling anxious about returning to in-person classes?
If you are feeling anxious about returning to in-person classes, here are a few things you can do: Talk to your friends, family, or a trusted adult about how you are feeling, remind yourself of the benefits of being in school in person, such as being able to see your friends and teachers, and having more opportunities to participate in activities and take some deep breaths and relax. Remember that it is normal to feel anxious about change.
What preparations are you making as a parent to ensure a smooth back-to-school transition for your children?
As a parent, I am talking to my children about their expectations for the new school year, helping them get organised and set up their school supplies, establishing a homework routine, making sure they have a good night’s sleep, planning healthy meals and snacks, encouraging them to get involved in extracurricular activities, talking to their teachers about any concerns I have.
Can you share some effective strategies for parents to engage with their child’s education and support their learning journey?
Parents can talk to their children about their schoolwork. Ask them about what they are learning and how they are doing, help them with their homework. But don’t do it for them, encourage them to read. Make reading a part of your daily routine, take them to the library. Let them explore and choose books that interest them, attend school events. This shows your children that you are interested in their education and talking to their teachers. Get to know their teachers and let them know that you are available to help.
Mr Billy Oladimeji
Head of school, The Vale School