March 20th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

The following quote from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring sums up how I feel today:

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

School closes today and we don’t know when we will reopen. Until we do, we will be educating our children from afar.

We still want to remain a community and will be working out how best we can do that. The children will all be doing the same work, whether in the reduced provision or at home. For the next two weeks we will be posting timetables, structuring the day with activities for children to do at home. To find next week’s activities, please click here and look at the timetable first and that will explain how to use the resources.

After Easter, assuming school is still closed, we will move to more interactive distance learning and we will share more details of how we are going to do this next week.

Music

The juniors had a lovely music concert this morning, which was very powerful. The children had obviously practised very hard; for some of them it was the first time in front of an audience (albeit a small one). It was videoed and we will put the video on our website next week.

Keeping in Touch

We will be publishing a weekly newsletter. For next week, do email a photo of your child doing something interesting at home. Maybe cooking, playing a board game, build Lego, reading a book, dressing up or something else…

Reduced Provision

We are worked hard to ensure that key worker’s children – who cannot be cared for at home by another parent and/or another person – plus our vulnerable children can come into school from Monday. Everyone who has applied should have received an email from Mr. Burkinshaw, if you have not and are eligible for it please email office@ccnm.rbksch.org by 6 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

Kingston Libraries

While children are not at school we would encourage them to read every day. To help this, children can tap into a huge resource bank of free ebooks, audio books and reference information including Britannica Online, on Kingston’s online library – all you need is a library card.

I would like to end with a prayer that I wish as a blessing for us all at this uncertain time:

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields

and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher