| Head's Blog

Whilst seven weeks have elapsed since the Government announced the closure of schools, we are still only in the fourth week of our online provision. I suspect that for some children and, indeed, some colleagues and parents it will have felt like a very long time. I know that it has not been entirely plain sailing as we get to grips with unfamiliar ways of working and communicating and, above all, the lack of direct contact with friends, classmates, teachers and colleagues. Covid-19 is teaching us many things but perhaps above all the fundamental importance of other people and the daily interactions that we can so easily take for granted. It has also taught me how much I miss the comical daily chatter from the children and the hustle and bustle of school life. Of course, none of us chose to work this way and the situation that we face has been thrust upon us at short notice.

However, this period of school closure has meant that the children have been introduced to remote learning. This transition has not only enabled the children to access an array of learning, but it has also given them a platform for discussion and communication, which they may have otherwise missed while being away from school. I have been very impressed by the maturity of the children’s use of Google Classroom. Indeed, I have been impressed and inspired by how well the children have embraced the situation they now find themselves in.

The sight of the now honorary Colonel Tom Moore smiling from ear to ear as he receives a fly past on his 100th birthday, certainly raised my spirits. This can also be said of all the wonderful work I have been privileged to see this week in various Google classrooms, as well as all the fantastic pictures and videos documenting the children’s learning. Thank you for all of your work with the children at home. They are clearly enjoying their learning and it is wonderful to see some of the pictures of their work which have been shared with us.

We are all adapting and evolving to the new normal and there will undoubtedly be further challenges and changes ahead. However, I am full of admiration and praise for everyone for their stoicism, energy and resilience.