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Mona Lisa on an egg shell Alness Academy pupil typifies school's can-do response to coronavirus challenge, says acting head

By Hector MacKenzie

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Aleksandra Olesinska, pictured before lockdown while on holiday in the town of Czespochowa in Poland, where she lived until she moved to Easter Ross aged nine.
Aleksandra Olesinska, pictured before lockdown while on holiday in the town of Czespochowa in Poland, where she lived until she moved to Easter Ross aged nine.

AN Easter Ross pupil who rose to a quirky history class home learning challenge with an eggs-ellent artistic effort is typical of the resilient response from the school as a whole.

That's the view of Alness Academy acting head Catherine Brown who says pupils and staff have responded and adapted extremely well to the digital learning revolution thrust upon them by the coronavirus crisis.

Amongst them is S2 pupil Aleksandra Olesinska who chose to create the image of a famous historical figure – on an egg.

Her version of arguably the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, was a real hit.

Aleksandra said she picked it as she “thought it would look really good on an egg”.

She also said how much she enjoyed getting to do something “a little different while working at home”.

Unfortunately, the Mona Lisa came to an untimely end when Aleksandra’s father ate it not long after she took a picture of it to show her teacher.

Aleksandra's Mona Lisa egg.
Aleksandra's Mona Lisa egg.

Mrs Brown said: "This is just one of the numerous examples of teachers having to try things a little differently to keep pupil engagement up during lockdown. The PE department have started a pupil and teacher Strava group to encourage some friendly competition. Social media has proven to be an avenue for sharing good practice; the art department have featured some of the wonderfully creative work of the pupils, the English department have been sharing pupil stories and the craft, design and technology department regularly showcase pupil work."

She said the school has adapted well to the digital learning revolution, in particular the use of G-Suite for various ways to interact and contact pupils.

Many staff have also signed up for online digital training to upskill and ensure the pupils experience quality lessons.

Mrs Brown said: “I am immensely proud of how my staff, pupils and their families have coped so admirably in the past few months, pulling together and going over and above to support all our pupils, both educationally and emotionally. They have met each potential hurdle with a smile and a positive can-do attitude and have always had the pupil experience foremost in their minds.”

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