From a distance…

Welcome back to the second half of summer term, week 8 of remote learning for some classes. We hope you have had a lovely half term break – what a treat to have had such lovely weather!

It has been an eventful week politically both nationally and internationally. We have also had greater clarity on a number of issues. As of today, we can cautiously enjoy some easing of the restrictions and are able to meet our loved ones and friends outside in small groups of no more than 6, ensuring social distancing. There is a cautious optimism in the air but we must play our part in being collectively responsible and ensuring that cases of the virus do not increase again. I urge you to remind our children to be responsible and to continue to be cautious and to adhere strictly to the guidelines about social distancing and hygiene. It is a tricky balancing act for us all.

Today, here at Little Hadham, we opened our doors to our Year 1 and Year 6 children and although it was not ‘business as usual’… it was a very good start! Small steps for man… and it was so lovely to hear the school beginning to fill up with cheerful chatter again. Our adopted model of keeping pupils and staff in ‘bubbles’ (ie keeping the same group of pupils and staff together and not mixing with others) worked well today and we have stringent social distancing in place and hygiene is paramount ie regular hand washing, sanitisers available and regular cleaning of communal areas. I think some of the Year 6s were afraid I might disinfect them if they moved!

Please remember, these are very early days and we have no news yet as to when other classes will return in the next few weeks so I ask you to continue to be patient. We will, of course, continue to review things and we will begin to welcome back children in other specified year groups, when it is safe to do so.

Please keep one another in your thoughts and those in countries where there is civil unrest and suffering. I know that some of our families may have been affected personally by the events in the USA and Hong Kong and so we are thinking of you too.

Best wishes,

Sinead Connolly