Welcome back everyone!
I trust that everyone had a restful half term break and managed to enjoy some outside time despite the awful weather. Winter seems to be truly with us and the darker mornings and evenings are here to stay for many months now.
Please consider the changes in the seasons when preparing your child for school. Reflective clothing will be useful if your child attends breakfast or after school provision, as it is likely to be dark when they are on route. Children may also need hats and gloves for outside playtimes, please label these or ensure they are distinctive so that they are less likely to be lost.
The most recent advice from the government has highlighted the positive impact of good ventilation on reducing the spread of coronavirus within school settings. As a result, the school will feel cooler than normal as we will be ensuring a flow of air through-out the building using our windows and doors. Whilst the children are outside, windows will be opened fully, but partially closed once the children are in the classroom. You may wish to ensure your child is less effected by the cold by adding a clothing layer to their normal uniform. For example, a T-shirt or vest could be worn underneath the school polo shirt. Alternatively, your child could wear a jumper and cardigan or an additional fleece. We are exploring the possibility of providing some branded fleeces at a reduced rate to parents for the winter months but do not have these available at the moment. The heating will continue to remain on at a high level so we do not expect the majority of children to find it particularly cold inside.
We are now entering a second period of lockdown and we know that this is an anxious time for families everywhere. In school, we will continue to do everything we can to provide normality for the children and to provide opportunities for recreation and socialisation with peers. We know this is needed to support wellbeing and resilience. Whilst the majority of community-based clubs will have ceased, our breakfast and after-school provisions remain open to families and can support children who find the long, dark, winter evenings particularly hard to manage at home. If you would like to book your child into any club, please do so via the school office.
In the last lockdown, I spent every week discussing the importance of the Five Ways to Wellbeing and maintaining a positive mindset. This is much harder to do when stuck at home on dark, dreary, wet and windy days. If you are struggling at the moment, please contact us at school for support. There are also organisations both local and national that can provide help and advice which we can introduce you to.
For support with mental health and wellbeing:
If you have concerns about others:
If you are worried about a child or young person, you can contact the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727.
If the concern is about an at-risk adult call 0300 303 3589
If you have financial concerns – There are a number of organisations who can help with financial or housing worries.
Copeland Borough Council – 01946 598300