By now, I’m sure you will have heard that the Prime Minister has announced that schools will not be open until Monday 8th March at the earliest. For many people in our community, I know that this will not be welcome news. The situation we are in is not one that any of us want and trying to juggle your own work with supporting learning at home, or trying to support several children is not easy. We understand the anxiety you feel about when all this will end, when children can return to school with confidence and the extra pressure it places on you, your children and our staff.
A huge, heartfelt thank you; in these very difficult circumstances, you are doing an amazing job.
We are doing our best to try and make things as simple and easy as possible. Whether you are a critical worker, or supporting your child’s learning from home, we want to make sure that you feel supported and that your child continues to flourish, knowing that they are loved, cared for and supported in their learning by us every day. If you’d like to leave a ‘thank you’ message for any of our staff, you can add and comment to our padlet.
Every child and family is unique and one of our priorities is to make sure the work set is right for your child. I know that not everything can be completed everyday and that you and your child(ren) are doing your best. As we face the weeks ahead together I want to reiterate my commitment to our 3 central themes:
1. Great Virtual Learning:
We continue to listen to your feedback each week through the pulse survey and, together with our Trust (AET), we are always looking at ways to improve the virtual learning both in quality and experience. So far this term we have introduced so many amazing initiatives and we are always looking to make our offer the best we can for each and every child. We will also be giving away an ipad in the next few weeks for remarkable home learning - watch this space! Check out our website to find out more.
2. Wellbeing Support:
Please do take a look at our well being tips, support and resources here. Over the last two weeks we have been busy carrying out check-ins with each and every child. We’ve also introduced Wellbeing Wednesdays to help you and your children.
3. Having some fun:
You spend a lot of time staring at screens everyday concentrating on learning and it’s important we get some ‘Screen Break’ time. It was wonderful seeing the creativity, excitement and fun so many of you had in the snow at the beginning of the week and Mrs Newbold was really impressed with the art entries she received for the competition she set. Winners will be announced next week. We are also taking part in the AET Remarkable World Competitions, which culminate in our Festival of Remarkable Lives in the Summer. And on top of that, we launched the very first competition this week. I was so impressed by our poem entries and found it really difficult choosing the winners. A big well done to everyone that had a go, but a special shout out to our winners: Hattie (REK), Lucas (3MC), Taraji (5NW) and Summer (6CF).
Again, thank you for all your support. Even if it’s incredibly hard at times, I know we are all doing our best, and we will get through this together. As ever, if you would like to talk, we are always here for you.