Well, this has been a term of reinvention! How can we continue purposeful and pacey learning ensuring we meet the diverse needs of all children? How can we organise Christmas so pupils do not miss out on those opportunities? How can we make sure that parents feel involved? How can we do all this in Bubbles? How can we make this Christmas memorable and special?
We really hope that you agree that we have done these things well, that reinvention is sometimes a good thing and that the results are fabulous!
On behalf of the Colliers Green Governing Body, I should like to thank you for your strong support over the past ten months, not only for home learning but also for Mrs. Hirst and her team.
Governors also wish to place on record how highly we appreciate the professionalism and resilience that the team has demonstrated over what has been a very long period of time. Colliers Green is a small school with a limited budget and this means that each member of staff has to take on more than one role and to be completely committed to the children’s learning, welfare and happiness. To be able to do this at the same time as dealing so capably with a long term situation for which they will have received no prior training or experience is very impressive.
I trust that you will join us in wishing Mrs. Hirst and her team an enjoyable and, especially, a restful break.
John Speller (Chair of Governors)
Thank you for all your good wishes to Mrs Brown who is slowly on the mend. We do check in with her regularly and on Thursday she zoomed into the class to say 'hello'. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Brown back to school when she is fit and well.
Thank you to Miss Moorish, who has helped us out tremendously in Class 3.
A message from GK Church
Our Christmas Eve Nativity is not going ahead, but we have an alternative nativity showing this Saturday at 3pm instead. The church is now as full as it can be but we will be live streaming the event for all of you to watch at home. Some of the children from school and pre-school are contributing alongside a fun and uplifting show.
Don't forget that there are still 9 windows left to find in the village.....
Have you found any?
Please take photos and send them through to us via facebook or instagram. This is such a fun way to spend advent. If you need help - we've got a map of where they all are: https://www.gkchurch.org.uk/adventwindows
We wish you all a blessed and peaceful time with your families this year, from the team at GK Church.
An enormous thank you to everyone who as bought items from our Amazon Wish Lists. These items will really help resource our classrooms and we LOVE new books!
Thank you from Mrs Hirst
There are so many people to thank at the end of this epic term, and I apologise if we miss anyone.
Firstly, an enormous thank you to our fabulous staff team! They have continued to enable our pupils to thrive and learn despite some very challenging circumstances. Every single team member has gone above and beyond and I am delighted to lead a team of this calibre.
Thanks must go to our pupils; for being them, for adapting and showing our values; aspiration, community and most definitely resilience! For working hard and doing their best.
To parents, we thank you for your support and adapting to new systems and processes. For showing our 'can do' CG attitude and for checking in on us.
Thank you to everyone, at school and at home, who has made the nativities, Joy to the World sign-a-long, KS2 play, advent window, Christmas tree, etc etc possible.
A massive thank you to Mr and Mrs Henry for all their technical support. Mrs Macmillan and I have been on a steep learning curve with Zoom and Facebook this last couple of weeks!
To the Wardmans for the Christmas tree and to Mrs Moorhouse for putting it up and decorating it. To Miss Potts and Class 3 for the Advent window.
To our fabulous PTFA for the pantomime and snacks, the new microphone for recording on the ipads, For all of their hard work for Class parties and other Christmas specials.
For Mrs Green and Mrs Gallagher for helping out at lunchtimes which enabled us to maintain Bubbles.
Thank you to all parents who helped with the Christmas Card Workshop and those who contributed to any other events.
A massive thank you, from all the staff, for the mass of gifts given to us, for the messages of appreciation and seasons greetings and to those who have just checked in with us; thank you. A few words may have seemed small at the time, but the gesture was not, and often made a difference to our day.
Arrangements will remain the same next term, unless there are further instructions from the DfE or KCC. We will not be making any decisions on Clubs until we know what the situation looks like in January. We are writing this having just read the information stating that Secondary schools will have a different return in January for week 1, including lateral flow tests. Currently, there are no such plans for primary. If we receive information that means there will be changes to our primary return, we will communicate with you during the holidays.
Please keep an eye out for any emails from the school or messages via Studybugs, particularly as we get closer to the start of the Term.
As previously stated, if any pupils test positive for COVID-19 before Christmas please let us know immediately so that we can inform others within their Bubble. at Headteacher@colliers-green.kent.sch.uk. If you have any family based information that you think we need to know during this period, Mrs Hirst will be checking emails, please let us know. In the week after Christmas, we will not need to let others in Bubbles know as we will be past the contagious period. However, please email Mrs Hirst if you have a positive case in your family so we can best support and plan for Week 1.