Letter to Families 12.02.21
Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,
The whole staff would like to say a massive well done to all the children and parents who have been working at home this half term. We know it has been difficult and we really appreciate your support. Well done to the children who have been in school too.
Children – you have been brilliant with the remote learning and your teachers have loved reading your comments, helping you and seeing you apply all those wonderful learning behaviours!
Parents & Carers – thank you for your help with the learning; your engagement on the phone and for putting the health and well-being of your families first.
I would also like to thank the whole school staff who have worked so hard and been so innovative this half term.
- The finance, site, catering and midday team have kept us safe and healthy; met all our legal requirements and fed us (and the children who are in)!
- The office team have answered so many queries from families and staff; made sure meal vouchers and Chromebooks have flown out the door and organised testing in school.
- Teachers and TAs who have been amazing - setting and assessing great lessons; supporting the children online; on the phone; over Google Meets and in person and supporting each other.
- Governors who have met remotely; acted as a sounding board and supported the Leadership team.
Yesterday I attended a virtual meeting of school leaders and education academics from across the country where one of the main topics was ‘catch up’. It was good to hear three things:
- Schools already have the knowledge and skills to help children close gaps; that’s what they do.
- High quality teaching is the thing that makes the most difference.
- Mental health and wellbeing is the key to being in the right place to ‘catch-up’.
We know the Government have said schools will not return until at least two weeks after half term and that this decision will not be taken until the 22nd February. As soon as we have a decision, I will be in touch but until then….
- Keep safe and well; following the rules is making a difference – we can’t give up now!
- Please try and relax over half term; no school work except reading for pleasure!
- Get outside every day even if it’s just a walk around the block or to the park.
Remote Learning and Critical Worker provision will restart on the 22nd February. Please encourage your child to log in and work with their teachers and classmates as ‘belonging’ makes a big difference to how they cope at home and when we are back.
There are a number of reminders and support offers which it may be helpful to have all in one place so:
Toilet Redevelopment – we have been making plans to redevelop the main children’s toilet area and have secured some funding towards this. We would like to make the area more open plan, fresh and hygienic – whilst keeping separate cubicles for girls and boys (like the upstairs ones). If you have expertise or interest in this project and would like to be part of the consultation – please let me know. The children will also be consulted of course.
So far, Robin Hood Junior School has 22 parents signed up and need 38 more to access to the weekly reports on how parents at our school are responding to questions compared to parents at other schools in England.
Don't forget to answer questions on Parent Ping to help our school, learn about how other parents are coping with lockdown-learning. EVERY parent and carer in the household can take part, increasing your family’s chance of winning prizes in the weekly draw! If you don't yet have the app, download it here: https://bit.ly/parentping
Wellbeing Support for young people aged 11+
Off the Record have put together a series of events over half term and their support line will be available every day too. https://www.talkofftherecord.org/sutton/
The Education Wellbeing Practitioners already have a number of videos for parents about a range of topics available on You Tube (link below) and are planning to produce some more. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRKV84lb8Jr69Z7ZhjSjCg/videos
Sutton Education Partnership - Yesterday you will have received an email on behalf of Sutton Education Partnership – about their Ambitious for SEND programme. This also contains some Covid related updates - so there is useful information for all.
Apologies for the rather long letter this week – you can have a week off from my letters next Friday!
If however you do need to report a positive test result or inform us of anything urgent, please do so via the office email: firstname.lastname@example.org as I will monitor this over the holiday.
Keep well, stay safe and thank you.