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First full week back

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your continued support and your trust in us as a school, to create a safe and welcoming learning environment for children to return to this week.

 

It really has been FABULOUS to see our children, and an absolute joy and privilege to witness their beaming faces as they have come through the gate! In fact, it was the parents faces that were etched with worry rather than the children! I think for many families it felt more like dropping the children off for their first day in school ever!

 

This said, the children across the week and across every year group have adapted extremely well with the ‘new normal’ and wellbeing levels have been very high…for both staff and pupils. It really has been lovely to be back together, and routines have felt very natural and easy to maintain.

 

I am acutely aware of the eagerness you will undoubtedly have to know what the plans are for school in September, and am so sorry not to be able to give you and the children clarity at this time. I am waiting on Welsh Government as well as Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) guidance, and at this point in time, there is no information.

 

Kirsty Williams will be making her usual weekly announcement on Wednesday 8th July 2020, and I am hoping that this will provide us with some direction, as the lack of information impacts upon us all, and particularly for our new intake of Reception pupils who have not been able to engage in the process of transition yet. Unions have written to the Minister asking for a decision to be made regarding September, so that schools can start the process of planning and adapting the current system. I will share new information as soon as it is known.

 

This just leaves me to thank you once again, for the kind messages of support that you have sent the school (these mean more to us than you could imagine) and also to say how much we appreciate your punctuality when dropping off and collecting children, as this has allowed the system so far to be flawless (fingers crossed that it remains dry for two more weeks!)

 

I look forward to seeing you next week on the gate,

 

Kind regards,

Caroline Swann

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