What a very strange end of term!

We have all now survived two weeks of home working and home schooling. I am sure you have all started to adapt to a new way of living and all of us are learning new IT skills as we introduce ourselves to Zoom and Skype.

Thank you for all the lovely messages we have received from parents and pupils about the current situation. Please remember these are unprecedented times and I know you are all doing your very best. We all work in different ways and your children all work in different ways. Find the way that works best for you and your children and don’t worry if others are doing differently. I firmly believe that all the children will make progress by having 1:1 attention some of the time. Remember, life isn’t a competition!

Something to think about:

I read recently a comment from Terry Waite. He was kept hostage for 1763 days in appalling conditions. He just told us all to stop complaining. He said we need to change our mind-set, we are not stuck at home, we are safe at home. His advice was to keep your dignity, form a structure for the day, be grateful for what you have – shelter, home, possessions, so read and be creative! This certainly made me stop and think!

We do now have a two-week Easter break and I would urge you to allow the children to have this break. They need to distinguish between being at home and home learning. I am urging all teaching staff to have a break. I would appreciate it if you didn’t contact them over this time, let them have time with their families. If your matter is urgent, please contact me.

We still don’t know how long this situation will go on for and until we do, we must all follow the guidance we are given and look after one another.

Best wishes to all. Keep safe and well!

Yours sincerely

Mary Driver