Dear Parent/Carers,

Hope you and your families are all safe and well. It has been another difficult week for families and schools as plans and arrangements were made to welcome more children back in school. I know this has caused increased anxiety for both parents and school communities. Everyone is trying to balance and take a reasonable approach to very important decisions which may have an impact on health, wellbeing, education and employment of so many families in the community.

There has been an announcement from SAGE overnight that the 1st June is too early for schools to open, and it should be delayed by 2 weeks. I have discussed this with Governors and in the absence of clear, timely information for both schools and families, we have made the difficult decision that that the phased plans communicated to you this week are on hold until further notice. There should have been a letter received today with more details. The letter is also on the website and can be found here:

Mr Cairns was in school this week and it is always lovely to join with children from home in his choir. We think Mr Cairns was very impressed with our Gangnam Style Dance too!

Mr Beattie is busy coaching teachers to use Zoom for remote lessons. We hope to have this up and running for after half term. It will be great for us to see the children again, even if it is only virtually.

We have had a temporary cook in school who is leaving us today. We would like to Thank Kath Hacking for her delicious meals and cheery nature. Mrs Graham loved the cheese pie!

We have some sad news also this week. Tina is our cleaner and her mother, Brenda Evans, passed away last week. She has been ill for some time. Please keep her and the family in your prayers.

Mrs Barnes has recommended the following link to the “I’m Calm” book. It’s a great resource and it certainly helped me this morning when we needed to review and revise our plans yet again. It is not only the lack of visits to the hairdressers that is causing my hair to turn grey! Please have a look:

Half term is upon as us and we are closed for school provision. The SLT will be in school on Thursday 28th May and will be able to answer any concerns about the revised plans. Please try to enjoy the half term holiday. We have just been discussing some of the positives about the circumstances and the way it has made us look at life and the world. Hopefully we can continue to reflect and learn from the experiences to improve our community and the world.

Please give yourselves a pat on the back for looking after your children, approaching the home learning, juggling your jobs, finances, families, health and well being of everybody and thank you also for supporting the school.

Home Learner’s Headteacher Awards for week commencing 11th May. Look out for their photographs on the school website!

R – Freya Ormerod

1 – Seth Bamber

2 – Eloise Morrell

3 – Finnolagh O’Brien

4 – Charlotte Hargreaves

5 – Olivia Durkin

6 – Joshua Wilson

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.

God Bless,

Bridget Parkinson (Headteacher)