Head Teacher Message 4: Friday 1st May 2020
First, I would like to say thank you for the tremendous team spirit that is shining through our Facebook page. You are all superstars! [And jugglers!!] As a staff team we are working to support you and to give you what you want and need at this time. Usually, we have the children’s smiles and kind words and informal parental feedback at drop off and pick up to let us know we are on the right track and ‘doing the right thing’; it’s harder to know and ‘feel’ this from behind a screen or a phone. The engagement with the challenges and the comments posted are really supporting us too- thank you!
The survey results were helpful. A relatively small number responded so it has provided us with a ‘snap shot’ of views. The basic point is that most people think most of what we are doing is good, positive, supportive and enough!
100% of those who responded said they have found the school supportive during the lock down period with 90% strongly agreeing with this statement.
65% of those who replied are either currently in work or working from home. We recognise the difficulties and time pressures of trying to manage this and support your child with learning at home. Many of us are in the same position. Some days the learning happens, sometimes the ‘learning’ takes a different form. It has to. It has to fit around the family, the work and the current situation. We need to be kind to each other and kind to ourselves!
94% believed the Purple Mash activities to be useful, with 100% feeling that about the weekly Facebook challenges. We will continue to provide a mix of both.
There were a small number of families that would like some additional work; the vast majority did not want any more work. But nor did they want any less. As you can imagine, it is difficult to get this balance right for everyone but it seems we are pretty close!
If you would like additional activities or support, please email me at email@example.com and we can discuss what you would like / need.
There were a small number of families that stated they need a technological device to support their child’s learning at home. Welsh Government has pledged that no child should be ‘digitally excluded’. We have a number of Chromebooks that we can loan immediately so please, email me on the above address and we will organise for that to happen.
Jenna and I have made phone calls home for a variety of reasons; the conversations have been helpful and positive and as a result, next Wednesday [ 6th May] we are all going to make ‘phone calls’ home to check in with the children; just a quick chat so they can hear their teacher’s voice and stay connected. The children have been divided into groups of 10 and a member of staff allocated to make the calls. We will be using personal mobiles and so the number will appear blocked. We ask that you stay with your child during the conversation or use ‘loud speaker’ so it can be a 3 way conversation. If we phone at an inconvenient time, please don’t worry at all about asking for a call back later!
The idea is that we do this on a weekly or fortnightly basis, depending on the feedback we receive. Please note that the responses to Purple Mash or the Facebook Challenges will be more limited on this day while staff make the calls!
As always, it is possible for you to communicate with me directly via the messenger facility on the Facebook page or via the school email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe, stay connected to those you love and enjoy the sunshine!
With love, Vicky JD xx
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