Message from Mrs Riley
17th December 2020
This Christmas time has been unlike any other I have known in my lifetime and, in school, we have certainly had to do things very differently this year! Children have had such a wonderful time in class over the last few weeks with a whole variety of festive activities. School has certainly been a calm and very happy place to be over the last few weeks, and although we have missed our big productions and performing for you, many children have really appreciated the extra time in class with their friends. We hope that you like the cards, calendars and decorations that should have arrived safely home by now!
As the year draws to a close I can’t help but reflect on what a strange year it’s been. 2020 has been fraught with anguish and pain for so many people in our community and beyond. We have all learned to take each day as it comes and be grateful for the small things in life. I feel so grateful that here in school, working with such a fabulous staff team and with your amazing children, it seems that we live every day in a little oasis of joy and normality. Your children have really kept us all going over the last few months and I’m so grateful for their smiles, laughter and little personalities they share with us every day.
Thankyou for your support this year, in particular your efforts with home tutoring during lockdown, staggered times and childcare during bubble closures. I am exceptionally grateful to all of you for your speedy response, encouragement and understanding. It has taken the efforts of the whole school community to make things work this year and, with parents, children and staff together, I think we’ve done a pretty good job!
As I look to 2021, I am ever hopeful. Hopeful for a vaccine, hopeful that our children can return to the childhood we want for them, hopeful for a life full of opportunities and rich experiences, hopeful for a reconnection with friends, hopeful for a less tense, more relaxed world. And more than anything else, perhaps, hopeful for the human contact and the hugs that we all so desperately need that make us feel alive and loved.
This Christmas will certainly be one to remember. I do hope that you are able to enjoy this special time with your wonderful children. It may well be the small things that bring joy and comfort this year but whatever they are, I wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and safe new year.
With very best wishes to you all,
A big thankyou to all of our staff for taking part and a special thankyou to our year 6 teachers who wrote the poem!