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Mrs Hirst's update Week 3

Dear All, 

Just a little update from me. 
During this week and last I have been contacting families directly to check in with you all and see how you have been getting on.  It has been so lovely to hear back from so many of you telling me about your lives in lock down.  I have had photographs, videos, messages from children and parents; I have loved it.  One theme coming through the messages is that of missing each other, missing friends - both children and adults, missing the routine of school, missing staff and conversations and interactions had with them. 
We all feel this differently and to various extents.  As a staff we are constantly in touch; Zoom meetings and catch ups, emails, telephone conversations, What's App groups etc.  But it cannot replace how we normally interact when we are altogether.  We miss each other, we miss the pupils and we miss the families too.  As adults, we can rationalise this and to a certain extent we can normalise it now after these few weeks.  It is so much harder for children to do this.  But another theme coming through my emailed conversations with you is one of families coming together, having more time together, of lives slowing down slightly and within this children feeling safe and secure in our current strange world.  This has to be the most important thing. 
There also seems to be a slight shift being reported to me, of our children realising how important their social interactions are too.  Of children now really missing each other and their norm.  We hope that the n ew Facebook Class groups have helped children and adults interact.  The Class Blogs on the Class Pages are another way of doing this too.  As a staff we are investigating other ways of  being present in our pupils lives..... watch out for some online Story Sessions!!  More details to follow very soon.  
The feedback from the Home Learning set has been overwhelmingly positive; thank you for working so hard to make it work.  We totally understand that every family circumstance is different, every household will be doing something slightly different and this is totally fine with us.  We always say to the children that we want them to do THEIR very best, to be the best version of themselves and that continues to be the case now. 
We, as yet, have no idea when we will be back at school and how this will look.  I do not feel that speculating and guessing about this does anyone any good at all.  Suffice to say, that when the time comes we will make all decisions with the children's very best interests at heart and make it work to the very best of our abilities.  
This Friday we would have been celebrating our wonderful new school buildings including a visit from Bishop Rose.  I am so sad that this is not able to go ahead as planned.  We will think again when we know more.  
This Thursday at 10am Oak National Academy will be hosting the biggest online assembly ever with the Archbishop of Canterbury; please see the link below.  It would be fabulous if lots of CG children were able to take part in this. 
If anyone needs to contact staff for Safeguarding purposes please email me on: or Mrs Salter on
Extra Safeguarding details are on the Safeguarding page on the school website.  Please find below some useful parent links.
Please take care, keep safe, stay well, keep your children reading and keep in touch!