Covid19 Day 27

​Our slow goodbyes began today with the first two of the 'Face-to-face' meetings: RMB and 4J. It has been a bit of logistical issue but if the weather helps out, it will give the children time to see their teacher in person as well as meet up with up to half of their classmates over the next week and bit. Foundation Stage were superb - despite "Ber...
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Covid19 Day 26

​Thrilled to be back in school seeing the school almost 'normal' and so many happy children enjoying the glorious sunshine. There were 70 children in school today, the most since 20th March, and at times almost all of them were on the field. Their 'bubbles' are intact but classmates within different ones still chatted and even played together - kno...
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Covid19 Day 25

​This morning saw Year 1 children begin; and what excitement this brought to both the children and their parents who arrived perfectly on time as well as the staff who had not seen their class for 3 months. The room had been set up differently - yes, but each desk had been personalised as much as possible with colouring sheets matched to what ...
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Covid19 Day 24

​Lots has happened since I last made an entry but I have not had the time to put any of them down here, and as they are in the past, I won't look back. We are now in a new phase where we are able to open the school up to more children each week. This week, our Foundation Stage have begun in small groups and it was lovely to see their happy faces as...
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Covid19 Day 23

​I have spent my first day and a half in a building other than my house for the first time since March 23rd - my second home: school. It felt normal. It felt good. It felt safe. Yes, I kept myself from everyone either in my office, outside weeding or when visiting the groups, keeping at a good distance. And what a joy it was to see the Original Key...
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Covid19 Day 22

​We enter a new phase today, one in which we begin to open school up to more children. Each step of the way, the safety of pupils and staff is paramount. Therefore, my planning, albeit unseen to parents, takes into account not only the size of rooms but also the location of these 'bubbles', the experience of the children, the staff being matched as...
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Covid19 Day 21

​Just a minute or two ago, the letter to all parents outlining the details regarding the re-opening of St. Michael's was sent. In total, 352 responses to the survey came in and by the evening of Tuesday, we had firmed up a way forward which felt manageable. Fortunately I checked the data again at 9:30pm and realised I had made an error so at 6:30 t...
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Covid19 Day 20

​This morning, the survey went out asking you about plans to re-open and as I write this just 3 hours later, well over 200 responses are in. Thank you. Although I can't draw any firm conclusions from this yet, it shows that so far overwhelmingly, that you trust the school to make the right decision based on the guidance we are given. Every decision...
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Covid19 Day 19

​One question answered; many more to resolve. The question that is now clear is that for the year groups identified to return, there will be no penalty if they choose not to send their children in. This means that not only do parents have the discretion to make their own view on how safe they feel the measure put in place are, but also implied by t...
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Covid19 Day 18

​Not as clear cut as we would have liked. I'm sure many if not most of you waited in anticipation for Boris Johnson's speech last night; top of my wish list was the chance to go and see family properly but sadly, this was not the case. Maybe high up on your list was clarification about schools; again for most this wasn't present but I hope you agre...
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Covid19 Day 17

​Fake news - we've heard it lots, so much so that it has almost become part of our vocabulary. As we approach the weekend, when many people are anticipating the Prime Minister's speech, there is lots of speculation about. No-one in school knows more than you about what the near or distant future will look like and we await more information from the...
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Covid19 Day 16

​There are so many ways to view this period of school closure; it may be frustrating, difficult, challenging, scary... However, it can also be seen as a blessing. Our lives are so busy all of the time yet this has forced most of us to take stock (mainly because we've been forced to) and have found that although we may still have lots to do and new ...
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Covid19 Day 15

​A wonderful idea seems to be going viral from today and that is a way to interact with those who might visit our homes: postal workers or delivery people. You may have already seen it but if not, the idea is to place a simple paper-based game on your door (Connect4, Noughts & Crosses, Draughts etc...) and then every time someone visits, they a...
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Covid19 Day 14

​A word of caution: I have spoken to someone today who has raised the issue of online accounts being accessed by their child through gaming sites and spent a lot of their parent's money without their knowledge. The person who I have spoken to is facing a bill of thousands so please, if you read this, do check and pass it on to anyone else you think...
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Covid19 Day 13

​Welcome back...to Boris Johnson who this morning spoke to the nation from outside 10 Downing Street, whatever your views on him or the Government's handling of the situation, it was good to see someone affected by this illness back and looking and sounding well. Hope for others. During his speech, he said how this was a crucial time for us al...
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Covid19 Day 12

​So we begin the Summer Term...never before have any of us experienced or even imagined it would look like this but I hope that all of you Home Schooling today found that you could get your children into some routine if you gave them a break over Easter. I know that already today, our team of wonderful LSAs were calling families and many have repor...
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Covid19 Day 11

​I can't say enough about how moved I've been by the efforts of Captain Tom Moore nor the thousands of people who have donated. He set his sights on raising what now looks like a meager total because of his respect for the NHS and in no way could he or his family have expected such a positive response. When I last looked, over £13 million had been ...
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Covid19 Day 10

​As you may imagine, being at home like most of you, there is less going on to comment on. Every day until these last few weeks, my morning has been set and that has allowed all of my days to be productive and I have accomplished so much.  Then 'Easter' arrived and so did the good weather - normally I am away for this time of year so did ...
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Covid19 Day 9

​We all heard the news yesterday or today that our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was in hospital due to his on-going coronavirus infection. This is rightly a worrying development for his family, his cabinet, the Government and the country at large as we all battle against this. It goes to reinforce that everyone is at risk and therefore we all must...
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Covid19 Day 8

​Marvelous examples of what children are doing at home are starting to come my way from many of the teachers, and some other staff, which I am collecting together to share with you at the end of the week. Where possible, I have also replied directly to the children which has surprised them but shown them that I am interested. I've also been co...
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