It really is the people who make our school special and they haven’t changed…much! (both adults and children). By the end of Day 2 back in school this week the children were already pretty well settled, with a lot of smiling faces and very happy children in lessons and during playtimes outside.
They have adjusted brilliantly to the new normal in school, with adults who are familiar to them, and most systems in place being similar to what they left in March. Our recently elected MP Ian Levy visited on Thursday afternoon and couldn’t believe how the children socially distanced themselves, and followed the forest school programme meticulously, with such great camaraderie as if they had never been away from one another. He loved the new hand wash stations, marquee, toilets outside and staggered start/finishes. Yes there have been teething problems this week, with cold feet (after getting them wet in the rain), mix ups over the changeover at playtimes, and families sometimes too early, sometimes too late and thankfully showing good grace when we have had to explain the situation. However throughout there has been a shared mutual understanding that all of the CVPS community has worked to get things right so we can continue being open to everyone and ensure that our children can get face to face teaching while keeping staff and children safe.
Thank you all so much for your encouragements, kindness and understanding when we explain the risk assessments we have in place, and for working with us to implement the changes. The kind words of encouragement have been especially affirming at a time when the school seems to be bucking the national trend by welcoming back all year groups from nursery to Year 6 this half term. At times this can be disconcerting especially when plastered on the front page of The Journal(!). But for our highly positive staff team it was a small recognition for the wholehearted commitment that each and every one of the staff team, both who are at school, or
shielding all totally deserve.
Year 5 are so excited to get their new chrome books. These were purchased in anticipation of potential home learning if needed next
academic year, and to support transitions to secondary school. We know it had an amazing impact on Y6 who trialled them for us so we decided to invest in a full class set.