A Midsummer Night’s Forest Movie!

As you can imagine, it’s certainly been a strange ending for our Year 6 children this year but it certainly won’t be one they ever forget! As we were unable to celebrate with all the traditional events to mark this occasion, we still wanted to try to make this a special memory for our fabulous Y6 children. Our movie in the forest was a wonderful celebration for our children and a memory for them to cherish. We had lots of fun and most importantly, we have been able to be together.

We will miss them lots but wish them every success at secondary school and know they leave us for bigger things!

 

Au Revoir and not Goodbye…

It is hard to believe that we are in our final week of the academic year. It is now week 14 of remote learning and 17 weeks since the government closed schools on the 20th March. It has been a period that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

We are delighted that we were able to have all our children back in school, even if it was only for two days a week. Our first priority has been for our children’s wellbeing and safety and I do feel that it has made such a difference to the children and staff. Someone once said that it’s lovely to see me at the gate every day, but to be honest, the honour is mine- seeing those happy, excited faces come through the gate each day reminds us why we love our jobs so much.

Goodbyes are always hard, but saying goodbye to our Year 2, Year 3 and Year 5 children today, knowing that they are going away for a well-deserved holiday/break, was so much easier than the unknown in March. Although, it was hard to say goodbye to dear Orla and her family, who are moving away soon. We want to wish them all the best and good luck in their new chapter.

Enjoy your holidays children, play lots and laugh even more, and we look forward to welcoming you all back in September.

 

The final countdown has commenced!

Dear parents/carers,

As the summer holidays rapidly approach this has been another busy week!

I’d like to start by mentioning once again those families supporting children with home learning. I never imagined we would ever be considering such an extended period of parents needing to step into the role of being teachers to their children. The change in family dynamics to achieve this is considerable, particularly for those balancing their own jobs alongside this too. All I can do is say thank you and that your efforts will have made a significant positive difference to your child. Every book read, maths question conquered and sentence of cursive writing completed will have helped. Hold your heads high and know you have gone above and beyond!

I apologise if this week has felt like information overload. We have posted home class details, end of term reports, staffing updates and even medical updates. My strategy throughout lockdown has been to over communicate to help maintain our feeling of community togetherness but this week has seen an increase in letters. Thank you for keeping up!

A reminder that the school day, for the children attending Thursday next week, we are closing early. Again the pick-up times are:

Early Years – 12:00

Year 1 – 12:05

Year 4 – 12:15

Year 6 – 1:15

I want to end this week with a special shout out to some unsung heroes at Little Hadham… the cleaners! During the past weeks and months they have done an incredible job of keeping the school spotless and safer than ever before. Without their hard work and determination there is no way our partial reopening would have been such a success… thank you cleaners!

Have a great weekend

Sinead Connolly

Social Media Feeds

Please can we thank the vast majority of parents for acting with care and consideration online when using unofficial WhatsApp and online group pages. We know a great deal of good that comes from these groups. Monitoring of these unofficial groups of course falls outside the remit of school but the impact is still sometimes felt by parents and staff. Therefore, please always think before you post. A reminder that nobody should ever share the personal details of another child without parental permission.

We always encourage parents to speak to school where possible when unsure about matters before posting to groups too.  Remember this helps to avoid any misunderstandings and the risk of causing unnecessary anxiety to large numbers of parents.

Thank you in advance for your understanding with this matter.

 

How many more sleeps…!

Dear all,

The guidance released by the Government yesterday hopefully came as welcome news to all families with Little Hadham Primary due to open in September for all children full time. Hurrah! I’m proud to say that the measures implemented at school and the care taken by all families to act appropriately to preserve the integrity of our bubbles have been amazing. I will write home before the summer break with full details of our plans for September including the staggered drop off and pick up times.

This year the reports will come home for Year R, 1, 2, 3 and 5 on Tuesday and Year 4 and 6 on Thursday. I’m aware parents and children are keen to know plans for class arrangements for September too. A huge amount of thought and consideration has gone into getting this right for our children and this information will be emailed out to you on Thursday the 9th of July.

Regarding uniform, as we have seen many of our pupils have grown over the lockdown and will certainly have grown by September. Therefore, for the first half term of the autumn term we will remain with children wearing their normal clothes. Please make sure these are practical for sport, forest, outdoor learning and nothing too precious! Also, this will mean that the children won’t have to change for sport which would be difficult in the classroom when social distancing!

Thank you once again for all the many messages of thanks and goodwill that we have received over the past months. The support and understanding of our families has been so appreciated. I think the most tiring thing on us all has been the mental strain, the desperate desire to get things right. Luckily, the morale of the staff has remained high throughout the pandemic and I am indebted to them all for their professionalism, astounding creativity and great sense of humour which carries us all through dark times. Your engagement with the processes and systems we have had to put in place has been fundamental. Despite having to practically reorganise the school on a weekly basis, change start and finish times, you too have shown such good humour and understanding. You have been just brilliant.

In addition, I appreciate, the continued challenge of home learning is not easy. Please persevere as it is so important children continue to keep up with work. With school set to be closed soon for the summer holidays I would ask you all to give it one last big push and to make sure your children are completing their remote learning and sending it in to their teachers . All I can ask is that everyone tries their best and reaches out for help when needed.

We hope you have a lovely restful weekend,

Sinead Connolly

 

 

Earn yourself a Blue Peter Sports Badge!

 

Have you ever wanted your very own Blue Peter Badge?

Well now you can earn your 2020 Sport badge!

To get your hands on this limited edition badge, all you have to do is try a new way of getting active, then send in your application form via the post. This badge is only available during summer 2020, so what are you waiting for? Get your trainers on and earn it for your collection!

More information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/bp-sport-badge-2020

 

BEST DAY EVER!

‘I scream, you scream… everyone ice cream’,  these are the song lyrics from Beech Class after receiving their ice creams!  Apparently, this is the best day ever and look how easy it is to multi task- an ice cream in one hand and pencil in the other!

We can’t believe another week has gone by, it was so wonderful  to see all the children back in school. What super stars they are, they have taken to these new rules and new systems without a fuss. They are loving all the extra breaks, their own desks, their own trays and don’t even mind cleaning their hands SIXTEEN times a day!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all again next week.

Best wishes

Sinead Connolly

 

Did you know it’s soooooo much easier to do learning in school…?

Apparently, it’s soooooo much easier to do learning in school…? Who knew! It was lovely to see all the excited faces this morning as we welcomed back Year 2, 3 and 5. The school is definitely starting to fill with lots of laughter and chatter. Even people walking by stopped to take a moment of this ‘normality’ that we’ve all missed- long may it continue!

 

Answers on a post-it please…

It is wonderful to see Little Hadham reawakening, even if it is under different circumstances. Our main focus for all of our pupils coming back is their wellbeing. Whether they are currently at home or will be back part time we will be working on how we can support this. It is key that the children feel safe and happy as it is only then that they will be able to flourish and learn. Therefore, for the days our children are in school, we have planned in extra outdoor sessions, sport and PSHE sessions!

I completely understand that some children and families are anxious about the return to school but let us assure you, we have done all we can to keep our community safe. If everyone adheres to the rules, our days will run smoothly and safely and will be very productive so please reassure your child. As we know, thankfully, children and young people seem to be the least affected by this illness but they have a responsibility to behave safely to keep others safe including our staff and their families.

Today, the children who are back in school were asked how they felt about coming back to school and what they would say to other children who were returning who may be anxious. They had lots of advice to offer, one said that he’d tell them that there will be someone at the gate to tell you where you need to go. Another said that you get to have your own tray and table- easily pleased these children, but lovely to hear their advice! One child is absolutely loving being back at school that she wants to wear her school clothes to bed so she can get here quicker in the morning- that made us all smile!

Just to let you know we are also putting plans in place to support children moving on to their new classes in September- yep it never stops here! Usually we would give all of the children some time in school with their new teacher but may not be possible. Instead we will be creating some content for our website so that children will be able to familiarise themselves with what their new teacher and class will be like. We will update you on this over the next couple of weeks when it is ready.

Also, as you may have heard on the news, there will now be Free School Meals supermarket E-vouchers issued to cover the summer holidays. We will keep all eligible families informed as and when we have more information regarding this.

As always please get in touch with school if you need to.

Sending best wishes to you all and hope you all have a pleasant sun-filled weekend and we look forward to seeing all the excited faces next week!

Sinead Connolly

 

Back together again…

Look at us, big chairs, big tables and big on social distancing! We just love the little legs swinging while they are doing their learning!

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