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Stay connected in confinement.

Barely six months after its opening, Matteo Ricci, the new Jesuit secondary school in Brussels, competed creatively to maintain academic and spiritual support throughout the period of confinement. Laurent Salmon-Legagneur, a Jesuit regent at the college, testifies to how the educational community was able to stay connected with the students and their families during the confinement.

How do you stay connected in containment? This question has been asked of all of us forcefully throughout this very special time. It was not different for the educational communities. Even upstream of the academic training issues, we had to work carefully on the link between colleagues and with our students. At the new Matteo Ricci College in Brussels, we proceeded step by step... as we have done for the past six months.

As a first step, the students received a weekly "mission" per subject, missions which allowed them to review or deepen notions already seen together before the beginning of the confinement. Our Smartschool intranet platform (open to students and parents since January 2020) made it possible to centralize communication with students and parents. During the first three weeks of the confinement, it was necessary to accompany the students at a distance so that they could find their bearings in this new way of working: resetting a good number of passwords, initiating them to sending attachments. Luckily, we had just finished the second term class councils when the confinement began.

The second step was to send out the bulletins to help the students become aware of the missions they had to work on in particular. It was especially an opportunity to call each family in the third week of confinement, to encourage the students verbally and to take stock of the means available to each one for their work. On the eve of the holidays, the development of a song and a video involving the entire educational team also helped us rebuild the bonds of our school community. An excerpt: "And then don't forget / That this retreat at home is a challenge / But when it's over / It will allow us to connect our lives / To find ourselves together, together with Matteo Ricci / Don't forget...".

With the confirmation that the containment would last, we were able to take a third step which I think was appreciated by all. The students continued to receive subject assignments. Regular videoconference appointments helped to further structure the week and to share our emotions in this prolonged confinement. A new series of original missions were offered to the whole school: a "Where's Charlie?" game on a Breughel painting, sports challenges in the apartment, an activity to make coloured pigments, invention writing, a Home Art Challenge in the style of the Getty Museum Challenge, an enigma inspired by Einstein's enigma?

After the joy of finding each other again, even in dotted lines, we were able to end the year in beauty, with beautiful times of re-reading and moments of interiority.

Laurent Salmon-Legagneur S.J.

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