Happy Friday and welcome to the first day of a new month.
Firstly, I want to say how proud I am of the resilience of our pupils and families during this challenging time. It is amazing to hear about the hard work that children are doing and the support that families are providing to ensure education is continuing. I know that many of you have children of different ages to manage, and are working your own jobs as well. I recognise that this has been tough. It is vital that children keep learning and their brains active during this period. We also know that children enjoy doing something familiar and yet challenging to help break up the day.
West Lakes Academy are interested in how well our pupils are doing with working at home. They are asking for weekly updates regarding Year Six students who will be transitioning in September. I know that they will be pleased to hear about Year Sixes who are continuing to be motivated to maintain their knowledge and skills from KS2 so that they can begin KS3 in a positive way.
Secondly, I want to mention the amazing work of Captain Tom Moore who celebrated his 100th birthday this week. You cannot have failed to have been inspired by his fundraising and by his humble and sensitive words. His generation saw war, real hardship and served their country in a selfless way. There is much we can learn from his sacrifice especially as we near VE day next week.
Lastly, I want to remind you all about the rules for social distancing. As time goes on, it is easy to become complacent and think that the rules no longer apply. It has been worrying to read this week of how Covid-19 has been infecting children in unusual ways and I am hoping everyone is remining vigilant. Moreover, I have had news of a friend of mine who following recovery from Covid-19, developed a condition called Guillian Barre Syndrome for which he has had to receive intensive treatment. It is obvious that this pandemic is having an impact on the health of our nation and striking down those who have previously been healthy. Please keep yourself and your families well by following Government advice on social distancing and cleanliness.