February 5th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the survey about remote learning and for all your positive comments. I would agree with you that the staff have been so impressive in the way they have risen very rapidly to the challenge of another lockdown and developed their skills to new heights. I know that they have worked tirelessly to do so and we are, like you, hoping that the next major announcement says that we can reopen again on 8th March.

The vast majority of you agreed that the amount of work set seems right. However, I know that everyone’s circumstances are different.  Above all, we must all focus on coming through this difficult time as positively as possible. If that means that your child is not able to attend all the lessons or submit all the work, we do understand, particularly if they are younger members of the school. (The older children should be able to work more independently and use their chromebooks to access the learning). We would just ask you to keep us informed. Do let us know if we can help in any way and also encourage your child to do the same.

I do have a sense that many families and children have found this week particularly hard as they miss seeing other people, both relations and friends and as they feel stretched in many different directions. We have therefore added a new ‘Worry Button’ to our Google Classrooms so that children can themselves let us know if they are feeling sad or worried about anything. We have shared this with them in this week’s Friday Celebration Assembly.

Planning for the rest of the term

It does not seem wise to draw up too many plans for the rest of term, while our return date is uncertain. However, we have decided to postpone the INSET day which had been scheduled for Friday 12th March 2021. There has been enough disruption already to the term and so we will save this for later in the school year.

As soon as we know the ‘road map’ for reopening schools, we will be able to let you know about our plans for parents’ evenings as well.

School Health Virtual Drop In Appointments – 23rd February

School Health are currently offering all parents of CCNM pupils a virtual drop in appointment on Tuesday 23rd February to discuss any health concerns/worries they have. Please see the attached letter for more details and how to book.

vPlus Festival

Looking for something to do during half term? Join the vPlus Festival 15th-26th February 2021 – fun online festival for curious and enquiring minds!

This 12 day online festival from Potential Plus UK provides a programme of live presentations and creative challenges, some especially for children, some specifically for parents, and others for the whole family to enjoy. All 2021 vPlus Festival events are FREE OF CHARGE due to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

Your free registration to the festival includes:

  • Full Access to over 50 sessions for children, families, schools and parents
  • Over 40 Brilliant Presenters including: Bobby Seagull, Jeff Forshaw, Roma Agrawal, Simon Singh, Alex Bellos, Jonathan Hare, Ben England, Barry Hymer, Peter Wells, Verity Jones, Helen Dennis and Bob Cox.
  • Saturday and Sunday Challenges, social sessions, chess exhibition, family quiz and a Private Minecraft Server for children
  • Festival Community via a Private Facebook Group
  • Video Recordings of the Sessions

View the programme and register here: https://virtualplusfestival.org/

Tabitha White, Headteacher