We have enjoyed a wonderful week learning together from Infants to Second class. Some of the great discoveries include frogs mating and frog spawn in the back garden, designing bookmarks for World Book Day, exploring the StaySafe programme including knowing how to listen – “eyes are watching, ears are listening, lips are closed, hands are still.”

Yard time has been a happy space with notable events including yoga led by second class girls. Miriam was also invited to attend the funeral of a “dead, shrivelled worm,” a memorable service including prayers and singing.

Intensive reading and maths

Thanks to staff for giving the children a great boost with a daily focus on sounds, phonics, tricky words, (Infants); reading fluency, (first class); subtraction with carrying – “More on the floor? Go next door!” (2nd class).

Thinking of children in Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes

School is not the same without children from third to sixth classes. We miss them very much and hope that we will be seeing them in the school building as soon as we get confirmation through public health announcements. We have heard many positive stories about older children enjoying some peace and quiet at home with the younger siblings at school. Every cloud has a silver lining, as the saying goes. We encourage these children to keep up their learning at home and make the most of daily connections with teachers through online platforms.

Appreciation for cooperation with physical distancing

Our arrivals and departures have worked well in terms of physical distancing. Children have proved themselves ready to say an immediate goodbye. Thanks to parents for following allocated times and for leaving promptly. More children are cycling and scooting and many learning how to manage their locks by themselves. Give yourself a ‘pat on the back’ for walking, scooting, skipping and running back to school.

Empathy for disrupted lives and livelihoods

One of our strengths as a school community is our willingness to help and support one another, particularly in adverse times. We can build a network of hope through keeping ourselves strong in order to be able to help others. Those of us fortunate to have jobs, warm houses, healthy family, someone to make us a cuppa, books/art/music… send love to people who may be worried or sad or fed up. Psychologists suggest a number of ways we can sustain ourselves and others:

write three things I am grateful for

do a random act of kindness

think – when this is over, I will…

We wish everyone a happy weekend.