Message from the Headteacher
23rd October 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I wanted to write to all of you with my sincere thanks for what has been a remarkable team effort and an incredible start to a new school year.
Every family and staff member has had a part to play in the success of this half term. It has been heart-warming to see our school bursting with life and busy with children once again after such a difficult and long few months. Your children’s smiles and laughter bring hope and light to all of us, even in the midst of what can sometimes feel like endless frustration. School life continues and it certainly feels like a little sanctuary of normality away from that big crazy world out there!
We have welcomed new starters, embedded new routines and supported children to settle and reconnect with learning and friendships. Re-opening has been no mean feat and has taken the efforts of the whole school community to make it run smoothly.
As I mentioned at the start of the school year, we have focussed our efforts strongly on pupil wellbeing and this has served us well. Wellbeing will continue to be the theme of the year as we support children to navigate the coming months and help them to grow and flourish despite the challenges they face.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to keep our school open for all year groups with everyone safe and well. We have all learned to appreciate the present moment and to hold fast to the good things that come our way; for me, seeing the resilience and optimism from staff, parents and children means such a lot and these things give me hope in a very uncertain future.
This pandemic has taken it's toll on all of us in different ways and I don't underestimate how emotionally exhausting it has been for many of you. Family life can be busy and stressful at the best of times and with added pressures, it can sometimes feel unmanageable. Remember though, the Christ Church community has incredible strength and resilience; every day I am in awe of the creativity, care and compassion from so many of you.
Thankyou for supporting us so well with the new restrictions; we really appreciate your efforts in following the rules to keep everyone as safe and well as possible. It’s important that we all continue with this after the half term break. We do really miss seeing you in school and we are so looking forward to the day we can open our doors and welcome you back in. Until then please know that we are always here for you and don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call or email in.
We are certainly not out of the woods with Covid yet and we know that we have a difficult journey ahead but for now, it is time to have a break away from school for a week. I hope that you are able to take time over half term to relax and enjoy a little more time with your amazing children.
Covid reporting arrangements for the half term break
It is a requirement that schools continue to track and report any positive Covid test results during the half term break. We ask parents and carers to contact us with any important Covid information via our email: email@example.com
Covid test this weekend
If your child has a Covid test over the next couple of days and has a positive result before the evening of Sunday 25th October, please contact the school via email as a matter of urgency.
Please include the following information in the email:
- Child’s name
- Child’s year group
- The last day they attended school
We will then contact the DfE who will advise us what to do. If the advice is to contact staff and parents we will do so via our texting service.
Covid test from Monday
If your child has a positive Covid test result during the week, please let us know via email. As this will be more than 48 hours after being in school it is unlikely that we will need to contact staff or other children but if we are asked to do so by the DfE then we will do this via our texting service.
If your child is advised by NHS track and trace to self isolate please inform us via email so that we are able to maintain accurate records.
Thankyou for your ongoing support .