At least the sun is shining today which somehow makes everything seem a little more positive.
I hope you have all had a good week, didn’t get too wet with all the torrential rain, or too cold with the drop in temperature.
A few parents have asked if we have fixed the dates for the long weekend next Autumn term in the hope that the Covid crisis might be over and they can book a weekend away. It is a lovely thought so although I cannot guarantee these dates it is looking increasingly likely that the long weekend will be 26th – 29th November 2021. I hope that gives you all something to look forward to!
We are pleased with the way that Google Classroom has become embedded in our daily practice for those children working at home and at school. All children have the opportunity to engage with their teacher on a regular basis and from the feedback we have had this is well received. Some class teachers have started to make phone calls home to those parents whose children are not in school at all. By half term, we will have made contact with all families. This is purely a ‘check in’ call to make sure you are managing to access what you need and to touch base with you all. We have already spoken to many of you and this has been a very positive move.
You will remember from the diary sent out at the start of the school year that we had booked the 10th and 11th February 2021 as Parents’ Consultations. We have decided that, for obvious reasons, these will be delayed. Like all of you we are waiting to hear how long the current restrictions will last and once we know whether or not we are back to school after half term, or nearer to Easter, we can plan for some kind of consultation then.
You will have read in the news about new lateral flow testing for Primary School Staff. This will commence when the tests arrive in school, hopefully next week. My fear is that with testing us all we are bound to get some positive results which could mean we have to close certain year group bubbles. I hope this doesn’t happen but I do want you all to be aware that this is a possibility.
If you have walked passed school this week you might have noticed that Mr Carmody has been busy digging up a new flower bed at the school entrance. It looks lovely, if a little empty! If you have a plant you would like to donate to school, please feel free to drop it off in the carpark, near the bag of topsoil!
It has been a tough week, with not much positive news coming our way, but my new favourite mantra is: Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!
Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.