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Message from Caroline Lancey Posted on: 26/02/2021

Message from Caroline Lancey

Dear Parents and Carers, Welcome to our much shorter newsletter.  In reality it has only been 3 weeks since the last one and as I said last time you are probably more aware of what your child is doing and seeing more of the teachers than you would do normally. So, I haven’t asked the teachers to write a piece this time.  At the moment I am holding on to this thought: There was never a night or problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. These have been very dark times but we are beginning to see the sun rise and our positive and optimistic hope for the future will help us to get things back on an even keel.     We are all thrilled (and all the other words) that the children are coming back we have missed them dreadfully.  A school without children is like the ocean without fish.  Just too awful to imagine.  I will be sending out at the beginning of next week what the return will look like.  You may want to check that shoes and school uniform fit, as your child may have grown over the last few months.  This will give you just over a week to get them sorted out ready to start. It many ways it feels like another start of the year. This is Our Priorswood Promise to your children. We are incredibly proud of you   This last year has been exceptionally difficult. You have shown incredible resilience and adaptability. You have been selfless and put the needs of others before your own. You have made so many sacrifices and yet faced the challenges with strength and determination. There is much you’ve been told you’ve lost, including many weeks of your education, but there is much you have gained. You will emerge from this stronger. This may be the greatest challenge you have faced so far but it will not be the last. Next time you will find you have more resources and are better prepared (and even more so the time after that).   We are here for you  We know some of you will be worried about what the future holds. We want you to know we are here for you. We know you will need a chance to reconnect with your friends. We know you will need time and space to play and be active. We know you are desperate to get back to your sports/ music/art/acting and everything else that is so crucial to your development. We know that you are keen to get back to your academic studies in school as well. We know that evenings, weekends and holidays are as important as your time at school. We are committed to ensuring that your opportunities are balanced and wherever your passions lie you have the chance to pursue these.  We will be here to encourage you, support you, challenge and help you every step of the way.   You are the future  You are the future and that future is not written. There are challenges but there always have been and always will be: we know we will get through this together. We have complete faith in you. We want you to know that; more than anything. Do not let us or anyone else tell you what you can or can’t be. We don’t know. We cannot imagine what you will achieve. But we are so excited to see and be a part of it.  We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday the 8th and whatever happens next, it will just be another step in your journey. Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Priorswood Primary School Challenge their pupils during the recent lockdown Posted on: 1/02/2021

Priorswood Primary School Challenge their pupils during the recent lockdown

Priorswood Primary School are determined to keep their children engaged in their learning during the recent national lockdown.  The school have been looking at different ways to entertain, motivate and encourage their pupils to stay busy and active.  One of Priorswoods popular initiatives has been arranged by Mrs Cullen, who has been setting PE and Forest School challenges each week using the online Dojo app, an app that connects their teachers, students and parents and allows them to communicate with one another.  During the first week back the school looked at Andy Goldsworthy, British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who inspired art for forest school and last week they created their own stickmen inspired by the Julia Donaldson's story, ‘Stickman’.  Mrs Cullen has prepared challenge cards from the PE Hub which has three challenges and they can choose each week which challenge they would like to complete. The children are then asked to send in their pictures via dojo messenger showing themselves completing the activities.  Winners are chosen for each PE activity and a KS1 and KS2 winner is chosen for Forest School. To really motivate the children, winners are chosen for the best effort which is also announced on class DoJo and certificates and prizes are sent home as a special well done. The Redstart Learning Partnership are absolutely delighted to see the fantastic initiative Priorswood are offering their pupils at home and are delighted to see the children so engaged in the activities.  There are so many fabulous initiatives being offered by our other schools to our home educated pupils at this very difficult time.  It is great to see so many pupils engaging and enjoying the challenges.   Mrs Cullen from Priorswood Primary said “The children are really enjoying being able to continue their PE and Forest School activities whilst at home, I am loving seeing their smiley faces whilst completing the challenges and feel that being able to stay active and get outside is hugely beneficial for the children's mental health and wellbeing, Feedback from parents has been really positive and they feel their children are really enjoying the challenges which is fantastic”. Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Caroline Lancey Posted on: 29/01/2021

A message from Caroline Lancey

29th January 2021 Dear All, I have found this a really strange bulletin to write.  The Central team at The Trust suggested that doing the newsletter as normal would be a good way to keep lines of communication open.  However, with teachers turning up on your doorsteps once a week, coming into your homes twice daily and some of you having additional calls and zoom sessions, you probably are seeing more of us than you ever have before (and more than you would like to, most likely).  Remote learning I am aware that the expectation this time round is much greater than it was last time and that it is very difficult to support your children at home.  So, thank you for all your efforts, the teachers have been really impressed with the learning that is coming back each week. Many of our staff are in the same position as you, they are doing their work and trying to support their children’s home learning so, we completely understand.  If you have any problems, please Dojo your child’s teacher via messenger.  They have been quick to follow up with phone calls where children have struggled. If we could open the school to everyone we would; but at the moment, we are having to adhere to strict group numbers. Thank you to those who filled in the parent survey. 96% of parents said their children were coping with the current situation. 100% felt the learning was being explained clearly. 91% felt their child was able to complete the work set each day. 87% said their child looked forward to the zoom sessions.  A further 9% said they couldn’t access them but we have now arranged laptops to help them with this. 92% felt that the amount of learning was just right.  The other 8% were split evenly between too much and too little.  It is a very hard line to walk so it looks like for most of you we got it right. 100% felt that there was a good level of communication and feedback on their children’s  learning. We had lots of positive comments as well and where there were suggestions about how we could improve; somebody from the school has contacted those parent to seek a solution. Covid Testing As I am sure you are aware from the News, the staff (this is all staff including, teaching and support staff) are now being tested twice a week and reporting their result to the Government on-line. Laptops Mr Arndell has very kindly reconditioned some laptops and donated them to the school.  We haven’t got loads but if you feel your child would do better on a laptop rather than a phone let us know and we can lend them to you.  They have Windows 10 on them but very little else.  If you have WiFi or are happy to use your phone as a hot spot your child will be able to access the zoom meetings, the daily learning and sites such as MyMaths and Spelling Shed. I can’t thank Mr Arndell enough it has been a great boost for us as we struggle with ICT in the school, so thank you. Building Over half term we are hoping that the kitchen roof will be finished and a better extraction system installed. The engineers are continuing to put in the piping and radiators that are needed for our new heating system.  We are hoping that the new boiler will be installed over the Easter Holidays and the swap from the old heating system to the new will happen in April.      Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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