Dear Parents and Carers
First, and most importantly, I hope that you are all well. Second, I hope that we all have a Happy, Healthy and Vaccinated 2021! Third, if you are feeling at all anxious about learning from home please try not to worry. We’re very much in this together, we’ve done it before and we can do it again! As I have said many times our school values of creativity, respect, perseverance and kindness will stand us in good stead. What our children continue to need from us is reassurance that things will return to normal and that this is simply a period in life that they will look back on and remember. They are very much living through a time in history!
Our in – school hub is up and running and I am indebted to school staff who have taken this on with enthusiasm and commitment. As explained before the holidays space in the hub is allocated to children where both parents / carers are keyworkers with application being made online. As I am sure you will appreciate space is limited and we are tasked with ensuring that allocation is fair and equitable. This has meant that some applications have been turned down.
School ‘returns’ on Monday January 11th and staff are busy preparing as I write this email. Our platform for learning will be Microsoft TEAMS from P1 – P7. Please look out for more information tomorrow. We have tried to take into consideration the feedback from the Parent Council survey following the summer term of learning from home. Ipads will be distributed to those who have indicated they have no digital access at home. Paper packs for learning will also be available although we are encouraging, where possible, that a digital approach is used. We need to work towards ensuring that all our children have digital skills for now and for their future.
As we move into this next period we are very aware that home circumstances are different for everyone. Whilst some families may prefer set times for learning, others prefer a more flexible approach, some children have their own device, whilst others share with other family members, some children are incredibly independent and self motivated, others need a little (lot!) more encouragement. Please do what is right for your family. We are here to help and support and simply ask that we all treat each other with kindness. Staff are also juggling home life with work.
The last few months have certainly been quite a rollercoaster for us all but I am optimistic that we are on the final stretch – it’s just that the finishing line has been moved back a bit!
Please take care of yourselves and remember we can, and we will, do this.
With very best wishes