Happy Friday everyone!
We have now completed nearly two weeks of life under national lockdown and I am so proud of how well staff, students and families have adapted to new ways of learning and maintaining our school community in this dual fashion. I am pleased to hear that the majority of students are engaging with home-learning and behaving well for their parent-teachers at home.
It is especially important that students, both inside the hub and those working at home, continue with their reading. Reading is a life skill that is essential; practice is the only way to hone that skill effectively. Moreover, reading offers opportunities to learn about any subject of interest and as such to develop as independent individuals. Students who can lose themselves in stories have the opportunity to escape from life in lockdown and explore different worlds and have adventures from the comfort of their own homes. Please encourage your child to read as much as you can and contact school if you need more books delivered to your home to facilitate this.
On my journey to work this week, I listened to a woman who was talking about how self-isolating from her family was a gift of love for them. It really resonated with me. There is so much said about love; as an emotion it is extremely powerful. When we truly love someone, we think beyond our own needs. Their happiness makes us happy, when they are sad, we want to make it better. When they are in pain, we want to transfer this to ourselves and save them from hurt. During this period of lockdown, we are in a position to demonstrate love for our families, for our community and even for strangers who we may never meet. By keeping ourselves indoors, by restricting our contacts, we are showing love and prioritising the needs of others beyond our own.
There has been much discussion in the news and on social media which gives the impression that people do not understand the rules and there is much non-compliance. I do not believe this is the case. I do believe that the majority of people want to do the right thing. They have people they love that they do not physically see. They keep to themselves as an act of love. They do not flex the rules. They endure separation, loneliness and distance in the hope that they will keep others safe for a happier future.
The rules for childcare and support bubbles have been confusing for some parents. As a rule, the key is to limit your contacts as much as you can, this is an act of love for your child and for those who you have contact with as it protects their families too.
If you are separated parents then your child can move between their two families but it is important that where this occurs, that families recognize that this will extend the number of contacts that they have.
Support bubbles are only for people who meet the criteria for one, these include single parents, fulltime carers or those with very young children. The support bubble has to stay the same and is one bubble for all persons in each household. This means that people within a household cannot each have their own support bubbles.
Childcare bubbles should also remain consistent and can only be made for children under 14. These are for childcare only and not for socialising.
The full detail can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-anotherhousehold#childcare-bubble
Thank you for doing all you can to keep yourself, those you love and our communities safe.
I hope you all enjoy a peaceful and healthy weekend,