No 183

05 June 2020

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

How lovely to be writing to you all again. With some children back in school, but many others still working at home, I’ll carry on writing a message to the children as well as the adults each week.

Firstly, my weekly message to the children,

This week’s assembly theme asks, “what does kind look like?” Isn’t that an interesting question? Kindness can be really varied – a smile, a thoughtful gesture, a gift, spending quality time with someone who needs it, respecting everyone we meet even if they are different to us, standing up for what’s right...the list is endless. I’m sure you’ll come up with some other ideas too. All of those ideas help us to live out our school values.

In school, the children in Year 6 have been pondering the positives that have come out of the pandemic. I’ve certainly noticed that people are being really kind to each other, thinking about the words and actions they use with others. People seem to be learning more about using empathy – “imagining the journey in another’s footsteps” more than ever before. I hope that continues even when things do return to normal.

The children and teachers were all a bit anxious about coming back to school, wondering what it would be like working in bubbles, some without their best friends or having to adjust to a new way of doing school, but it looks like their first few days in school have been a success. The younger children in Reception and Year 1 impressed us from day one with their positive spirit! They’ve been an amazing example of “embracing the future with hope and confidence”.

I’m sure that those of you working at home can think of examples too. I’d love to hear from you – how are you living out our school values when you’re not in school? I’m sure that these weeks at home have provided you all with lots of opportunity to work this out independently.

Next week, I’m planning to do a Zoom assembly – I hope you can join in, wherever you are! I’ll send the link by Parentmail.

And now to our parents and carers:

Thank you so much for your ongoing support. It’s been one of the most challenging times of my life; last weekend I certainly found the media hype about opening schools very unsettling. I think we’ve made a very positive start back and have the balance right, making sure that we stay safe, but also ensuring that it still feels like HTPD. We spent half term getting ready to open up, but I also found myself wondering about how best to continue providing ideas for those of you at home. I hope that you’ve found the new format JTKYG pages helpful.

I’m so pleased that the staff have been ready for the challenge – some working hard on the online curriculum, others in the classrooms. They are all just great!

Next week in school, we’d like to get back to some sport. The children can wear trainers instead of school shoes, or bring a pair in with them to put under their chairs.

Thank you so much that you’ve helped us follow the new guidelines. It’s great that you’re able to drop off and pick up at exactly the right time and place. And thank you for reminding the children about our new routines. We are so impressed by their adaptability! Please do your very best to follow the current guidance on your way to and from school so that all our careful measures in

school are worth the effort. We don’t have any information about the next steps for opening more widely – but I will of course let you know as soon as I do.

With love and prayers,

Thought of the week: “Bee kind.” What does kind look like? “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy,” Matthew 5, v7.

Friday Fun - is now available on this week's JTLYK page.

The catering team has been working very hard preparing delicious meals for staff and children on site - hopefully you have seen some of the lovely photos on Twitter today. One of our biggest struggles in the Office at the moment is getting the lunch numbers to the catering team on time which is why we have sent a parentmail asking you to select your child's choices for the week ahead. Many thanks to all of you who have already responded as it's very helpful. Please could you respond if you haven't done so yet, even if your child would prefer to bring a home packed meal in. This will help us to check that everyone is getting what they have ordered.

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