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No 178

24 April 2020

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Firstly, my weekly message to the children,

I am so impressed every time I hear from your teachers about how you’re getting on at home. It’s really sad that we can’t meet together, but it sounds like you are being amazing! I hope that our school values are helping in this difficult time – you’ll need to do a lot of “imagining the journey in another’s footsteps” as you get back into the summer term. With many of your parents and carers also working hard at home, they might not always be able to help you straight away. And “a zest for learning and love of life!” will come in really useful too as you fill your days.

Our first week of Zoom meetings seemed to go well too! I’m so glad so many of you were able to connect and say hello to your friends. It’s great that technology is helping us, but it’s not quite the same, is it? I think this is the hardest part about staying at home. I really miss you all so much.

If we were in school this week, I’d have launched this term’s assembly series, based on some of Jesus’ words. In the Bible, they’re called the “Beatitudes” (which just means blessings) but we have a little play on that word and introduce Mr Bumble to help us learn about bees! It turns out that “Bee-attitudes” are quite helpful for understanding what Jesus was saying! I’ll try and give you something to think about each week at home – this week, just have a read of the passage. It’s amazing how relevant it is for our current situation. We’ll work together to think about the ways to stay hopeful even when times are tough.

Have a look at the slide show and have a ponder about all of this. You’ll see that another focus for the term is the colours of the rainbow - which is your favourite colour and why? One thing that I’m missing is your Friday feedback and prayers, so if you have any thoughts to share, do send them into me for next week’s newsletter. Also, please do write prayers for our school community to pray while we’re not together. I’m praying for all of you every day.

And now to our parents and carers:

Thank you so much for helping your child to connect on Zoom – it’s a steep learning curve for all of us, but we hope that you felt that the first meeting went well. We’ll do the same next week, keeping to similar times so that you can hopefully plan your week. I know it’s really tough for some of us, juggling so many different responsibilities. As I’ve said before, the most important thing for your children is that they stay healthy and happy, so if necessary, do let the academic side of things relax. It’s looking like this will continue for some time yet, so I hope that working together we can support the children and you.

I’m sure some of your children are finding things upsetting. As you know, behaviour can be affected by any sort of stress… and is always a way that children communicate when they don’t have words to express what they’re feeling. There are lots of online materials to help, but Lucy our home school link worker recommends this website which has lots of parenting ideas and a helpline:
https://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/online-parenting-courses/parents-together/

From my own experience as a mum, when my children were sad or anxious, I found that talking together, walking in the countryside, digging in the garden, reading stories, and finding things to laugh about sometimes made a big difference. Do email Lucy (
lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) or Bridgit (bridgitb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) if you’d like some more ideas.

For children, too much world news might be upsetting. I know that it’s important to stay in touch with what’s going on, but I’ve found I have better days when I keep away from the constant stream of information. We’re all learning through this time – and whilst we’re all in the same storm, not all of us are in the same boat. Let’s keep on being kind to one another. Thank you so much for your messages of support. I am so grateful to be part of such a great community.

With love and prayers,
Clare


Thought of the week: “Learn to bee happy!” – are you happy to be you?

Whole School

Key worker families
From next week, sadly we are having to close down our kitchen. We are no longer able to provide either lunch or a fruit snack. Please do send the children in with a packed lunch and with a piece of fruit or veg for their morning snack. Any queries about this, do get in touch with the office.

Juniors

School dinners
After holding the price of school dinners steady for 2 years despite rising food and labour costs, the price of school dinners at Holy Trinity will increase from £2.45 to £2.55, effective 1st September.