As we come to the end of another week in lockdown, the staff and I just wanted to tell you how well you and the children are doing with the home learning. We have really enjoyed seeing pictures, reading emails and hearing from you. It’s also lovely to hear from the teachers that the children are working towards or exceeding their accelerated reader targets – we’ll have to start sending badges home in the post! As I have said in previous letters, please do not feel ‘guilty’ or ‘inadequate’ if you are unable to get your child(ren) to do much at home, do what you can, the most important thing is that your child(ren) feel safe and loved during this very tricky time. When school is back open we can sort the rest.
During the week we received a lovely photo of two of our pupils holding a very large rainbow, you may have seen it, they were featured on Look East on Monday. The staff and I thought it would be nice for us to start a gallery on our website of photos that make you smile. It would be great if you could send us some photos of your child(ren) at play, at their happiest, creating, working etc so we can spread a little happiness. If you are happy to do this, please send the photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org making it clear to Mrs Watton/Mrs Duffy that the content is for the Smile Gallery on the website.
Due to lockdown continuing and the not knowing when it will end, we would like to start to offer printing out your child(ren)’s home-learning. If you are struggling with printing and need help, please let the office know what you would like printed, you will then be able to collect between 9-11am when the office is manned. The same goes for exchanging reading books, if you need anymore just make contact with your class teacher, who can sort out some new books and leave them at the office for you to collect. Please make sure you let the office know when you are able to collect.
Unfortunately, it is inevitable that any one of us might experience a bereavement during this current crisis. Please remember that we are still here for you if you need us. We are able to arrange telephone consultations with our resident school counsellor Andre, or with Mrs Lister our Thrive practitioner, or if you just need a listening ear with anyone in school please make contact. There are also a number of local and national organisations that you can turn to for support (please see attachment). Over the coming week we will also be adding bereavement support information to the website for both children and adults.
We currently do not have any plans to open the school on the bank holiday, Friday 8th May, next week due to the childcare provision not being needed. However, if you are a critical worker parent with no other option for child care, please contact the school and we will open for you.
Please do keep in touch, we are really enjoying hearing from you and thank you for engaging with the ‘new way’ of learning during this school closure. Thank you also for your supportive emails and boxes of biscuits/chocolates they are very much appreciated. If there is anything you need from us or want more of do let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. We miss you all, school is not the same without you, keep safe and we hope to see you all very soon.
With best wishes
Carla Stedman and The Bawburgh Staff