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19th June 2020

Dear Parents & Guardians,

 

I hope you are well; it has been lovely to speak to lots of you this week.  It has been delightful to hear all the fun and laughter in school with wonderful learning taking place at school and at home.

 

Staff are working incredibly hard on both learning in school and for home learning and we are developing the way we approach both. 

 

I would like to thank the parents coming to school for the way you have adapted to the timings and procedures in place.  As a school community it is vital that the government guidance is adhered to by us all,  this will in turn help to keep staff, children and our own families as safe as possible. 

 

On 20th March we had to close school with barely any notice and I feel incredibly proud of the staff, pupil and parent response to this.  As time has gone on we have been continually evaluating and improving our home learning provision and I cannot thank the staff enough.  Some of you may be aware that the DFE have been providing financial support for schools for the use of Google Classrooms.  We now have access to Google Classrooms and after a great deal of time and effort from Mrs Wirth and Mrs Stangroom we have given access to Goldfinch as a trial.  If we find it works well and can be adapted to suit other classes, this may be an approach to use more widely going forwards.

 

Today, I hope to find out more information about the Government catch up plans and the viability of the holiday club going ahead in the Summer.  There has been much negative press about teachers over the past few months; this has been difficult to hear and read knowing how hard we are working and how much we need our summer holiday!!  This week we have been given some beautiful gifts to capture this unprecedented time; the support from you all has been wonderful and we thank you.

 

I wish you a lovely weekend and look forward to another busy week next week.  Please check the Office updates for information on school lunches, the new Parentmail system and more.  The information regarding parental permissions for Parent Mail access requires a response, thank you.

 

Jacquie Vanstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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