Good morning everyone!
Hope you've all had a good Easter (albeit slightly different to what we are used to) At least the sun shining has meant that we may have been able to get outside into gardens where possible.
It's been an interesting time in school as obviously our doors would not usually be open during Easter but, thanks to our staff volunteering their time during the Easter break, we were open to a small number of pupils over the past two weeks and we have been keeping busy doing lots of nice art activities for around school.
You may have seen the signs that we made during the first week of the holidays that are now attached to the school railings and chalked to the walls. Thank you to everyone who has posted their selfies to our Facebook page when you've walked past.
Our Facebook page has been constantly updated over the holidays with ideas and activities for you to do at home. We try to share as many ideas as possible and we love to see what you have been doing so keep sharing your photos!
I'd also like to thank you for your patience and understanding over the past 2 weeks. In order to keep our staff safe, we have limited the numbers of adults in school to meet the numbers of children who have been attending. There have been no office staff in school during this time and so staff have been trying to keep an ear out for the phone but it has not always been possible to answer the phone.
Lots of parents have been getting in touch regarding additional work. This morning, the 'classwork-handouts' section of the school website has been reorganised and there are now new folders with school work that can be completed at home to avoid any confusion about what work has been uploaded. New work in each folder has been labelled 'Summer Term- 1st work drop'. In these folders are worksheets, activities and games linked to each year group.
I know that some of you do not have access to printers at home and required print-outs of work previously. We will be able to do this for you again this time should you need it but we kindly ask for you to wait until Tuesday to begin requesting this provision to allow our office staff time to organise this once they return to work on Monday.
Teachers have started to upload '2DO' lists onto Purple Mash for their classes to do - we can see the work that is being produced and I know that we have been sharing some good examples on our Facebook page too.
A few parents and carers have contacted us and provided us with their requirements over the next few weeks and we have planned our staffing to suit these needs. However, again can I ask that unless you have contacted us, please do not just turn up on the day - we are here if you need us and are eligible under the ‘key worker’ guidance but we just need to know. Some days require more staff than others due to numbers of pupils attending and so we ask, where possible, for more than 24 hours notice.
Finally, I want to repeat something I know I've said a few times over the past few weeks - I’m sure you’re all doing a fantastic job in these uncertain times. We know that we have another 3 weeks of the current lockdown and who knows how long after that. Let's hope that we are able to open our doors again in the near future.
For now though, stay safe and remember we’re here if you need us.