As you may be aware, I have not been in school since Tuesday as one of my family members is presenting
with symptoms and we have been advised by Public Health England to self- isolate for 14 days. I have been
working remotely and have been in regular daily contact with the amazing staff who are still in school. I
have also been issuing communications regularly and kept in touch. I have also written to the children and
will be doing weekly posts on the website.
Thank you to parents and children for being so cooperative and understanding in these very uncertain
times. We, as the rest of the country and the world have been grappling with some very challenging
preparations for the times ahead.
I would also like to thank the staff team and Governors at St Mary Magdalene’s. They have shown
resilience and strength of character that is admirable. They have their own personal worries and anxieties
but will continue to support your children, if they are able, and in the best way that they can.
Father Allen Swift has asked me to let you know that there will be no Masses at any of the Churches will
until further notice. I understand that the churches are to remain open, but this may change too. The BBC
will be streaming Mass and services but I don’t yet know the details of this.
For those children who are on the Sacramental Programme, the booklets are being sent home with the
children today. Please keep an eye on the website and we will try to get more information and updates
on the website.
I know that for everybody, the uncertainty is the very thing that is most difficult to manage.
This short piece of scripture was sent by Salford Diocese. At at some point in the coming weeks, it might
provide you with some words of strength and comfort:
‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass
through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when
you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the
Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.’ (Isaiah 43:1-3)
Stay with us Lord, on our journey
Look after each other.
Bridget Parkinson (Headteacher)