Please see Mr Fernandes' letter below sent via Parent Mail on Monday 27th to all families. It can be download in the files if required.
I hope you are all well and safe. Usually, we would be welcoming children back to school this week for the start of the summer term, however, last week’s Government briefing on Covid19 made it clear that schools will only re-open when it is safe to do so. At this moment in time, there is no date set for this to happen.
We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you are all doing supporting your children’s wellbeing and learning during this difficult time. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all our school staff who have continued to work throughout this period, including during the Easter holidays.
We are very grateful to the parents that have been in touch with school. The home learning email has been a great way of facilitating this, as have the phone calls made by teachers and teaching assistants. Listening to all the positive feedback has been wonderful. Moving forward there are a number of things that we will be continuing with and developing over the next few weeks.
From the feedback, we are working with staff to:
- Make learning manageable and bring consistency when there is more than one child in the house
- Allow children to communicate with their peers and their teachers in a safe online environment
- Find ways of learning that are accessible to everyone. We recognise online learning may not be appropriate for all our families. We have already been in touch with lots of families. If you are having difficulties, please contact us at school for help.
For those of you able to access our website, our class pages have been updated to support children and parents. Please click the links below to download the new learning menu of activities for your class. These will be updated every two weeks.
It is important that the children have a balanced day, so please use the menus to ensure the children have a variety of physical, academic and mindfulness activities. We advise you to follow a routine as much as possible; children respond well to routines. It offers structure and benefits everyone’s mental health.
The Healthy Minds team have also developed a planner to support engagement with children in thinking about their day and the things which help them to feel motivated and comforted. For some children the planner will help them to enhance their routine for others the focus may be on establishing a routine, it is important to tune into what would be most helpful for your child and help them to build healthy coping strategies, even if these have to be small steps to start with. More information and the planner itself can be downloaded here from our website.
After successfully trialling EDMODO – virtual class in Year 4, we are planning to roll this out to other classes in school. Edmodo virtual classroom will allow the class teachers to communicate with the children and set tasks for them to complete. The children in the class can also communicate with other members of the class in a safe way. More details will follow this week for Year 1 - Year 6.
Virtual Gospel Assembly every Monday
Every Monday afternoon I will be posting a Gospel assembly for the children to follow. The first one is today so, please join me here.
Virtual Hot Chocolate Friday
Finally, we understand that many of you will be trying to work from home and may not be able to support your child with learning. Please do not stress or feel guilty about this. What is important to us is that your children are safe and you are supporting them during this difficult time.
Take care and stay safe.
Mr J Fernandes