Dear all…

Congratulations and well done! For two weeks now, you have hardly left your homes, have been in close quarters with your loved ones and supported your children’s education from home. That is no mean feat!

It has certainly been an unusual half term! It is at times like these that we realise our strength and truly appreciate one another and the wonderful community to which we belong. I am also incredibly grateful to our staff who have worked tirelessly to educate our pupils in this new way. They have worked hard to provide home learning activities that are fun and accessible, building on the skills that pupils already have. Without a doubt, we are so fortunate to have such strong partnerships with our families, staff, and governors. Those relationships have been fundamental in this crisis.

Many thanks for your lovely messages of gratitude, encouragement and support. I and the staff really appreciate them. I am very conscious of keeping our own morale high during this time and it has been wonderful to be able to share your messages with the staff. They have really given them a boost. Like you, many staff are juggling educating their children from home with working from home and coping with these uncertain times and your messages give hope.

Your children are amazing. They are coping with something that we never did at their age. It has been so lovely to see so many children sharing their learning, their presentations, reciting poetry, designing and making boats, sharing their inspirational thoughts, their hot chocolates… this list is endless and long may it go on. Please continue to keep in touch, we love seeing and being part of what the children are learning and doing.

Finally, please try and have a break over the next two weeks, believe it or not, it is a holiday and I’m sure that you and your children need a break from the work they have been doing. I hope that you and your families stay safe, listen to the advice that is given and spend quality time together enjoying each other’s company.

I wish you all a lovely break and we look forward to welcoming you back to school, albeit remotely, on Monday 20 April.

Ms Connolly

P.S. I’d like to leave you with one of the best quotes that I heard this week…’My brain is like a rucksack I take on  walks… I keep putting things in it so I can use them later.’  Caden, Beech Class!

This is why we love our job, no two days are ever the same when you work with children! We miss their stories, their thoughts and the energy they bring to the school.

Happy Holidays – Stay Healthy!