Happy May Day…

 

Although the weather has been grey and a little duller this week, I hope your spirits haven’t been dampened. As I’m sure you are all too aware, we are just finishing week 6 of lock down and week 4 of remote learning. Like many others, you may now be really feeling the impact and missing your usual lives, your families, your friends, your co-workers and your communities. We are too! We miss one another, our children and you. However, we must try to keep our spirits up, remain hopeful, and remember that this will end.

Just to let you know a number of NHS services have been ammended in light of Lockdown. Speech and Language Service have issued contact details of how parents and families can contact them, rather than use the drop-in service they are used to. If you have a concern about your child’s speech and language, attention and listening skills or voice quality contact them for support, using the school email.

Likewise if you have any concerns around your child’s health and wellbeing, contact your GP for advice. Whilst there are limited appointments, there is a wide range of support services that can help during this period of lockdown.

Once again, many thanks for all your messages of support for the staff who are working hard and supporting the COVID-19 response. They are testing times and perhaps a little overwhelming at moments as we try to balance family life, professional life and our responsibilities as members of the wider community. Staff are working really hard to provide interesting and appropriate learning for our children whilst keeping in mind that you are trying to work at home too. As I said before there are other resources out there but the lessons our teachers are planning have your children in mind. We absolutely love the response that we have been getting from the children and the learning they are sending in is amazing so please… take a moment to congratulate yourselves! And, please keep sending it in!

I am very conscious that as this pandemic continues, the context changes and we may need to change with it. Also, we are very conscious that many of our families may now be in really difficult circumstances. We have a number of agencies that we can approach for financial support for families or for food vouchers etc. Please, please do let us know if you need support and we will do all we can to provide it.

This morning I read an interesting article about Covid 19 principles and thought I would share as they were a good reminder…

  • Your personal physical, mental and emotional health is far more important than anything else right now.
  • You should not try to compensate for lost productivity by working longer hours.
  • You will be kind to yourself and not judge how you are coping based on how you see others coping.

Take care and keep safe

Sinead Connolly