I hope that you are all keeping well and safe. Speculation continues about when schools will fully reopen but in interviews this week, Gavin Williamson hinted that it would certainly be nearer to Easter when students would be back in school. It is therefore even more important that our students engage in their learning at home. Many are fully focused, but we do recognise the challenges that some face. We are taking registers for each lesson and we will call home if it appears that your child has not attended. There are a lot of distractions at home; had lockdown happened 30 years ago, the biggest distraction would have been being able to watch The Sullivans and Neighbours.
I would like to thank all of the parents/carers for sharing your top tips on how to support your child at home. Many of you mentioned the importance of where and how your child is working; creating a quiet space, working at a desk or table, and definitely not on the bed and ensuring that there was a morning routine in place: get up at 8:00, have a proper breakfast, dress for the day and make sure that you have all equipment at hand. Wellbeing tips included stepping outside at breaks and topping up on Vitamin D. Keep sharing your ideas at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you who watched the inauguration of President Biden this week, I am sure that you will have been moved by the performance of Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate. She hoped that her poem, “The Hill We Climb”, would represent a moment of unity for her country but her words are significant for us all. I have pasted a link to her speech, should you want to take 5 minutes to sit, relax and listen.
There has been a lot of outstanding work again this week and many students have been nominated by their teachers for ‘Stars from Afar’. Letters will be sent out early next week to everyone who has been nominated. It would be good to have some photos of recipients taken for our gallery, so please do send some in.
As always, thank you for all of your support and have a lovely weekend.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” (Mother Teresa)