Well done for another successful week everyone. I can’t quite believe it’s the end of the third week of Remote Learning. We all appreciate how hard things can be when you’re juggling work, children, the remote learning that’s provided and just life in general through the week, but from our view at school, it looks like you’ve all done exceptionally well in adapting to a new way of working. Please do pass on that I’m extremely proud and grateful of their hard work… and to the parents, grandparents and bubble supporters, well done to you too!

I’ve placed this in an announcement on the Classroom ‘Streams’ (I’ve even emailed the parents this week!) but here’s a link to our Celebration assembly this week!

https://www.loom.com/share/415d428db4854606a21f1ab68715c475

Passwords for year 5 and 6’s Google accounts will be changed over the weekend. They will be allowed to make their own but, following our online safety policy, we would like this password to be shared with the child’s parent. It’s a good idea to have something complicated enough (three random words) but if you do forget it, we can reset it for you. Resetting is a simple process but it does require Mr Thomas to be notified and log in to change it, so please try to remember it!

Google Classroom… We’ve been finding it quite hard to keep track of children’s work coming in via different sources, such as emails, photos, sharing drives etc., but most staff have now put videos up on the Google Classroom showing how to submit work through Google Classroom. This webpage (link) explains the process too, so I hope it’s helpful.

Submitting work in this way… supports our school staff amazingly. Our teachers are working long hours, planning and preparing work and negotiating new technology too. To be able to work efficiently in one software package (Google Classroom) is of a huge benefit to their workload and well-being, but in doing so, it’ll make the whole system of providing feedback and tailoring our provision so much better. This, of course, will also help you and your child too. We really appreciate your efforts in this… thank you!

Thanks also for your patience with the technical side of things. Google updates its software and education packages quite often. They may email and let us know about some of them, but as a staff we’re also on a learning curve about how things work. We had a glitch this morning for instance, that was really quite odd… but thanks for your patience with these moments.

Our Covid-19 Risk Assessment is uploaded on our website. We have assessed that, with all of the restrictions we have in place to keep the school ‘Covid-Secure’ and to keep everyone safe, classrooms are going to be too full and difficult to manage if we don’t place a cap / limit on numbers.

Can I just say thank you to those Critical worker parents who have made alternative arrangements to their work shifts this week. It’s enabled us to keep our numbers low enough, the school Covid-secure and for the learners here to have a good and safe experience at school. Thank you.

Some families may like to explore the Read Aloud App, on Google Play. It was shared through Google’s weekly blogs and I’ve found it to be quite inspiring and supportive for younger readers. Do please explore, download and have a try!

I was shared a poem this morning, that was written by the radiant and remarkable Amanda Gorman about The Miracle of Morning.

This young lady was only 19 when she was awarded National Youth Poet Laureate – an American award, given in 2017. She has a speech impediment and had to do a lot of work to be able to deliver a poem entitled ‘The Hill We Climb’ to a large and imposing audience at President Biden’s inauguration.

If you’ve not seen it, here’s a link to the inspirational delivery at the inauguration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mTmTdOgv0M

Here’s also her poem called The Miracle of Morning.
I know, that in testing times, we will become the best of beings.

The Miracle of Morning, By Amanda Gorman

I thought I’d awaken to a world in mourning.
Heavy clouds crowding, a society storming.
But there’s something different on this golden morning.
Something magical in the sunlight, wide and warming.

I see a dad with a stroller taking a jog.
Across the street, a bright-eyed girl chases her dog.
A grandma on a porch fingers her rosaries.
She grins as her young neighbor brings her groceries.

While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.

So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend.
Like light, we can’t be broken, even when we bend.

As one, we will defeat both despair and disease.
We stand with healthcare heroes and all employees;
With families, libraries, schools, waiters, artists;
Businesses, restaurants, and hospitals hit hardest.

We ignite not in the light, but in lack thereof,
For it is in loss that we truly learn to love.
In this chaos, we will discover clarity.
In suffering, we must find solidarity.

For it’s our grief that gives us our gratitude,
Shows us how to find hope, if we ever lose it.
So ensure that this ache wasn’t endured in vain:
Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it.

Read children’s books, dance alone to DJ music.
Know that this distance will make our hearts grow fonder.
From a wave of woes our world will emerge stronger.

We’ll observe how the burdens braved by humankind
Are also the moments that make us humans kind;
Let every dawn find us courageous, brought closer;
Heeding the light before the fight is over.
When this ends, we’ll smile sweetly, finally seeing
In testing times, we became the best of beings.