Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2020-21 academic year!
I trust everyone had a lovely, if unusual six-week break. I want to thank the staff who helped with the holiday summer schools and also for those who helped to prepare the school for the new ways of working.
I have been unbelievably proud by the way pupils have embraced the return to school. The children have been sensible, well-behaved and ready to learn. Their teachers have been stunned by the way they have managed the transition to more formal learning and how they have adapted to the new ways of mixing within ‘bubbles’. They are a credit to themselves, their families and their communities. Thank you for supporting this and for making transition so easy for your children by following the new rules and routines.
It has been a busy week for everyone this week, with new children to meet and get to know and lots of catching up to do. The children have been doing a combination of formal learning and activities to help them process recent events and improve their concentration levels. The other key focus for the week has been our Florence Nightingale Week and looking at the work of those who work in the health sector that have helped us all. I hope the children got a great deal from this learning and have been able to talk about what they have learnt with those of you at home.
I have much to thank the NHS for, only this week, my husband had a small operation to put a plate in his arm following a fall from a bicycle over the bank holiday. We take for granted that we can get help when we are unwell and it is a privilege which is not granted to many around the world. My sister is a children’s nurse and I am aware of how hard she works and the pressure which people in her situation are under, when caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society. It is only right that we should teach children to respect and value those who care of us. It would be lovely to think that some of our children will aspire to roles in the caring and medical professions, as nurses, doctors, carers, dentists, opticians, surgeons, anesthetists and the whole range of other rewarding careers which are part of this family.
That said, we are hoping that we can avoid hospital admissions as much as possible! In order to help us to keep the school covid free, we are asking all families to keep to the rules for social distancing and to keep children who unwell at home. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, in or out of school, can and should get a test. You can book online through the NHS website, or order a test by phone via NHS 119 if you have no internet access. (Anecdotal evidence suggests that you will receive a more rapid response by phoning, rather than using the online service).
The current guidance for families is on our website but can also be found by following this link:
Thank you in advance for your support with this, I truly hope that we can avoid a local lockdown and with your help we can keep the school open for children and reduce the likelihood of disrupted learning.