The countdown to re-opening is on. Already, twenty students from overseas are in Glenstal, spending their 14 days of restricted movements in the school before the official reopening on Sunday. Teachers and Housemasters are back at work already. They gathered on Thursday 27th August for the first day of the annual two-day School Forum. It was a lot different this year, with staff spread out around the atrium, observing social distancing. The focus of the day was the return to school after the Covid-19 closure, training on the new routines and procedures necessary to keep everyone safe, and refresher training on staff and student wellbeing and safeguarding. The preparation continues with a second day of meetings on Friday.
Slowly but surely, we are getting ready to welcome back our students. Day-boarders have an opportunity to drop off books on Friday and Saturday, 2nd to 6th Year boarders will return on Sunday afternoon and evening with day-boarders arriving on time for classes on Monday morning. We are particularly looking forward to welcoming our newest students, the 1st Years, who will arrive on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.