Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you have had a good weekend and have been able to enjoy the gradual relaxing of the lockdown measures. Being able to sit outdoors and catch up with friends and families has certainly been a highlight of the last few days and has helped us to focus on what is important and what we value.
I do apologise for not being in touch last week but I had hoped that I was going to be able to share with you our plans for the reopening of school in August. We are still awaiting final decisions at council level as to what the model for school opening will look like but I thought it might be helpful to share the main themes we are preparing under and a taste of what these involve :
Health & Safety : consideration is being given to physical distancing advice, capacity and numbers of children able to attend each day, cleaning regimes, risk assessments, lunch provision, the use of outdoors, signage etc
Transitions : we are looking at movement around the building, to and from school, staggered times for start and finish of school, sibling attendance
Equity and Inclusion : ensuring digital access for pupils, supporting children with additional support needs
Wellbeing & Resilience : of our pupils, parents, carers and staff
Teaching, Learning and Assessment : focus on literacy, numeracy and HWB within blended learning, professional development opportunities for staff, what will blended learning look like for our pupils?, stage approach to learning.
Discussion with staff has been really positive and we are all confident that whilst our school will have to operate in a different way from normal, the fundamentals of it will remain the same. We are all totally committed to getting this right for everyone. As soon as I have more specific details I will be in touch.
Staffing : we are still awaiting final confirmation of the staffing we will have at Trinity from August but it is hoped that we will be in a position to share each team with the children sometime next week. Our Meet the Teacher afternoon was scheduled for Tues 16th June so watch out for further information.
Profiles : thank you so much for the many comments that have been sent into class teachers. This term has been a true partnership between school and home and we are extremely grateful for the support you have given, and continue to give, your children. I’m not sure if there will be a surge in applications to home school when we all eventually get back to school as we know it (definitely not I hear some of you say!)
TPSA : what a fabulous total was raised through the fundraising page set up instead of the May Fair. £985 was amazing! Many thanks
Parent Council : the meeting of the Parent Council will take place on Tuesday June 9th at 7.30pm. Several questions have been put forward and I will aim to provide answers to as many as possible – many of them prefaced with ‘At the moment ……’
End of term : as we move into the final two weeks of learning from home the emphasis will shift from the more formal learning to end of term type activities. Please look out for the activity grids. As I am sure you will appreciate staff are now heavily involved with preparing for the return to school in August as well as continuing to provide support in our hub school and learning from home. We are finding that the children are getting tired and are harder to motivate – please do what is right for your circumstances. This is not the time for arguments or additional stress.
I hope that you continue to keep well and are feeling positive that things are moving in the right direction. There is no doubt that the ‘new normal’ will not be without its challenges and that will include managing the return to school in whatever form it takes. Please remember that we are here to help if we can but that the decisions being made are to ensure the health and safety of all of our school community. When I think back to the 20th March 2020 and our last day in school with our pupils, I really did wonder how we would all manage what lay ahead. Nearly 12 weeks later and not only have we ‘managed’ but we’ve succeeded in more ways than we could have thought possible. Many of our children are now riding bikes, have learnt to cook, can wash the dishes, read a book, have worked their way through many levels of Minecraft, have made kindness cards for neighbours, are able to count in a new language, know the colours of the rainbow, can write a postcard, build amazing models, concentrate for a whole film, eat foods they’ve not tried before, make their bed and, importantly, have learnt what a 2m distance looks like! In the words of A A Milne we have been : braver than we believed, stronger than we seemed and smarter than we thought!
I look forward to seeing you all soon