Dear Parents and Carers,
Let’s start with some good news this Easter weekend.
Our wonderful Year 6 children have been hitting the press with their thoughts on Covid-19. Both
Levi Sher and Isobel Parker have made us very proud of their achievements. Click on the links
below, but make sure that you have some tissues to hand!
As part of his home schooling, Levi Sher’s mum Deborah asked him to write two paragraphs on his
feelings about the coronavirus outbreak. A year six student at St Mary Magdalene’s RC Primary
School, Levi’s work, where he describes the coronavirus as an ‘invisible monster’ shows amazing
maturity and depth for someone so young and certainly gives an insight into what the younger
generation feel about being in lockdown.
Just to note that Levi’s Dad, Mr Sher, built our school website, which was completed just in time for
the current circumstances. Thank you again to Mr Sher. I think it is getting lots of use now.
Obviously a very talented family!
Burnley songstress (10), Isobel Parker hits the right note with her Covid 19 version of classic song from
smash hit musical.
Oliver in Year Two has a mum working on the frontline in hospital. She has asked if children both in
school and at home could make some rainbows that could be put on the hospital wards. Perhaps
they could include messages of thanks and hope. We will collect the rainbows in school but we
don’t want to ask people to come out to school as this not a necessary journey. We have therefore
contacted ASDA in Burnley and asked to put a box in their stores. The Rainbow Box will be at the
Customer Service. The completed Rainbows can be dropped in the box. We will then collect the
box and make sure it gets to the hospital. Thankyou. Hopefully this will make staff and patients
There are some Holy Week and Easter resources on the School website under RE. As we are not
all in school, we have not been able to share the Easter story and work around Holy Week that we
would normally do as a school at this very important time in the Church’s year. Please do use the
Please keep up the good work and Home Learning. The teachers have been sharing your good
work and we now have some photos on the website. Below are the Home Learner’s Headteacher
Awards for week commencing 30th March. Look out for their photographs on the school website!
R – Charlie Kerr
1 – Abi Durkin
2 – Henrietta Hill
3 – Eli Caton
4 – Connor Brooks
5 – William Biriny
6 – Isobel Parker
I hope that you are managing some creative ways to stay sane during these difficult times. I have
been sent a great deal of information around Mental Health and tips for managing children’s and
adults’ emotions. I will be putting these on the school website under the ‘Community’ section. I
have included a poem that was sent to me by my cousin who lives in France.
We look forward to the day when we are able to come back together and not just through a screen
or messages. But for now we need to stay at home, keep safe and keep praying for all those in
need; all the Key workers, all the families in isolation and of course for those who are sick.
Bridget Parkinson (Headteacher)
‘IN THE TIME OF QUIET’, PHILIPPA ATKIN
No one’s told the daffodils about the pause to Spring
And no one’s told the birds to roost and asked them not to sing
No one’s asked the lazy bee to cease his bumbling round
And no one’s stopped the bright green shoots emerging through the ground.
No one’s told the sap to rest, deep within the wood
And stop the sleepy trees from waking, wreathed about in bud
No one’s told the sky to douse its brightest shades of blue
And stop the scudding clouds from puffing headlong into view.
No one’s asked the lambs to still the springs beneath their feet,
To stop their rapid rush and quell each joyful bleat
No one’s told the stream to halt its gurgle or its flow
And warned the playful breezes, not to gust and blow.
No one’s asked the raindrops not to fall upon the earth
And fail to quench the soil in the season of rebirth
No one’s locked the sun down, or dimmed the shimmer of the moon
And even in the darkest night, the stars are still immune.
Remember what you value, remember who is dear
Close the doors to danger and keep your family near
In the quiet all around us take the time to sit and stare
And wonder at the beauty unfurling everywhere.
Look towards the future, after the ordeal
And keep faith in Mother Nature’s power and will to heal.