Newsletter - 26th January 2021
Posted on 26th January 2021
LATERAL FLOW TESTING
You may be aware that staff in schools are to be offered lateral flow testing. We have undertaken training and will begin this twice weekly testing shortly. As we have amongst the highest % of critical worker/vulnerable children in school in the country, it is hoped that this testing will help protect both staff, children and the community we are proud to serve and be part of.
You will be aware of our provision from previous newsletters and daily interaction and further information appears on the school website on the “About” page. Speaking with parents we know that you are in such differing circumstances. We are in awe of you all.
The DfE have stipulated what must be provided and how much time should be spent by our children on their learning but we recognise that some days you may feel it just can’t be done.
I have raised my concerns about this growing anxiety and pressure on parents with the LA and DfE. We are all doing our best - let’s remember that and recognise the pressure we are all under, look after and be kind to ourselves and each other.
(Remember that physical exercise can help us feel good - check out the sessions developed by Miss Orchard, Miss Nash and Mr Martin. We see these as an “extra-curricular” club for everyone!)
It is lovely that so many children are taking part in the weekly RHE lessons. We hope these will support well-being and resilience which impact on all areas of learning.
We have been thinking about what more we can do to support and are hoping to organise some parent workshops on topics such as sleep (for children and their parents). We will send out further information.
At this time, we are not sure if school will be fully open after February. We will know when you do. We review our provision each week and will be in touch shortly with an update.
All of us are affected at some time by the serious illness of our friends and families and we are proud that some of the team here are taking action. You will not be surprised to learn that one such person is Louise Whitworth in Foundation. Louise will be “losing her locks” to support Macmillan Cancer support. If you would like to support, here’s the link.
TAKE CARE, BE KIND
KATE CUMBERPATCH AND THE ABBEY GATES TEAM