Alsager School

Message from Mrs O’Neill

Good afternoon, 

I hope that you are all keeping well and safe.

I am in awe at those of you who have defied tradition and kept up Christmas lights.  There is clearly a ‘last man standing’ competition taking place between College Road and Harpur Crescent.  I am intrigued to see who will win. 

For those of you in Alsager who have been in touch regarding the ‘active travel’ system in place at Lodge Road, I had a telephone conversation with a member of Cheshire East yesterday to share the school’s concerns and will have another meeting once pupils return in full.  From the school’s perspective, the current system remains unsafe; we have requested pedestrian crossings and the return of buses being able to access the school down the long drive.  For those of you who feel strongly about the ‘active travel scheme’, either in favour or against, I would advise that you also share your comments with your local Councillor or local MP. 

As part of our mission amongst the staff to keep fit this year, we have set ourselves a challenge to collectively ‘run/walk around the world’.  Our aim is to complete 24,901 miles between February and December.  We will keep you posted on our progress.  I know that many of you have been keeping fit and we would love to hear about any unusual challenges that you have set yourselves. 

Thank you to everyone who has continued to share your tips for getting through remote learning and lockdown.  Finding time to listen to music and have a dance was a particular favourite this week and I have full admiration for those of you who are working together throughout the week on family jigsaws.  What a great way to take a break from the screen.  Please continue to share your tips

We have a number of significant events taking place in February.  Parents’ evenings for both Y11 and Y12 will take place via telephone conversations; details have been shared for Y11 and will be shared shortly for Y12; we will be hosting a virtual Options Evening for Year 8 and Mrs Young will also share details soon.  We will continue to share all parental letters through Insight and on our website and social media sites. 

In the House of Commons on Wednesday, the Prime Minister mentioned March 8th as the possible date for the re-opening of schools.  We are keeping everything crossed that this will be possible, but with the devastating news this week that we had surpassed 100,000 deaths, safety remains the priority.    

Thank you to those of you who contacted me last week to remind me that Going For Gold was also a distraction thirty years ago.  If you are old enough to remember it, I apologise in advance if you too end up with the theme tune in your head all day.  For those of you who have no recollection, take a look at the link and be thankful!

As always, thank you for your continued support.  Stay safe and keep well.

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” (Michelle Obama)