Happy Friday everyone!
What an unusual term this has been and the Christmas holidays are shaping up to be very different from the normal festivities we are used to. My extended family live in a tier three area, and as it is imperative that we keep everyone safe, I will be enjoying a low-key Christmas with my husband, children and mother in law. We plan to have lots of video conferencing sessions with family members in this country and those living around the world. I am sure that will help to bridge the distance until we can see each other again. My 100-year old grandmother and her twin sister find this technology amazing. In their lifetime, the changes they have seen must seem revolutionary. As young women they listened to a wireless radio set and could only really communicate by mail. Now, they will see and speak with my grandmother’s three children, all five grandchildren and the eight great grandchildren at once, each in their own homes, whilst they enjoy Christmas together in Kent.
Nothing can replace genuine contact with those you love though, and I know I am lucky that I will be able to see both my children over the festive period. There are many around us who will be less fortunate. Christmas is the hardest time of year for those who are alone or have lost loved ones. There will be many more people grieving this year as a result of the pandemic, and others who will struggle with isolation caused by the closure of local services and restrictions to their social networks. Every year, we always make two extra Christmas dinners for two elderly gentleman who live on their own in our community. We usually pop in for a chat and give a small gift so that it helps to break up the day and give them some human contact. Sadly, this year, we will have to change to doorstep distanced visits but I know they will be gratefully received. Perhaps there is someone in your community who would benefit from a quick phone call or visit over the holiday?
The chance to ‘give’ is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing that we promote in school. Christmas is often a time when we give presents but it is just as important to give our time, skills and love to those around us. Even a smile can make a difference to someone’s day.
If you, or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, the link below will direct you to services which can provide support:
This week the guidance regarding self-isolation changed. As a result, we have posted the current updates on our website to help if you, or a member of your household develops symptoms. There is also guidance on forming bubbles for Christmas and how track and trace works. It is important that families contact the school using our Covid-specific email address if there is a positive case within their household. (details have been sent by letter and are also on the website)
We expect school to be open to pupils from Tuesday 5th January 2021 - the start of Spring Term. We will endeavour to contact you in good time should there be any changes to this as a result of government advice or localised infection.
In the meantime, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Enjoy spending quality time with your wonderful children and I hope that Santa brings everyone something wonderful this year.