FRIDAY, MARCH 27th.
Ms Jo Loiterton
These turbulent times are stressful for everyone, but also provide the space and opportunity to be the best versions of ourselves together. At Red Cross Nordic we are proud of our culture – one that supports students to explore and define themselves on their own terms, in a safe and supportive community. Over these past few difficult weeks I believe we have all reaped the rewards of these personal journeys as we have come together as one strong, healthy and united community, choosing to take things, sensibly and supportively, one day at a time.
We are now spread to the four winds, yet we are still together. We have no re-opening date yet and, like everyone else in the world, we watch how this crisis unfolds globally so that we can try to make sense of it locally. 54 students remain on campus as we await changes in border, travel or quarantine restrictions so that they are able to go home. Everyone else is scattered around the globe doing their best to stay safe, well and connected. And connected we are – classes continue in both Year 1 and 2 – as we utilise technology to maintain the threads of learning and care, and of the uniqueness that is the UWC RCN experience. Thank you to our staff and students who have embraced so willingly this momentous and sudden change in how we remain united, and continue to learn and work and grow together.
There is no denying that this transition has asked us to mobilise to the full in a situation with many uncertainties and no ideal solutions. Self care becomes even more important in these days. For all of us, it is vital that we continue to seek balance – there is no denying that online learning has a different level of intensity that seems to create more work, over more time, with more things we need to attend to. We must continue to talk to each other, to give feedback and seek guidance in this demanding exploration so that we can find the best way forward for everyone.
Taking care of each and everyone has been the top priority for us in this process. A clear number two has been providing quality education, leading up to their formal IB Diploma as a qualification. It has been reassuring for all of us that the IB has declared that they will not carry out ordinary exams for any of their candidates this year. They have come a long way in defining how the IB Diploma will be awarded based on other criteria, with internal assessment from their college as a central component. Our teachers do an amazing job in supporting all students to the completion of this work. For the latest update from the IBO, please see here
During these past weeks we have strongly felt the outreach and care shown to us by our broader community. The communication and offers of support from our parents, alumni and national committees continues to strengthen us as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. Thank you. Your support matters, and we are better for it.
Ms Jo Loiterton, Acting Rektor