Dear parents/carers, 

It has certainly been a busy week here at school as we moved to partial closure overnight and ensured that remote learning was up and running effectivelyThank you so much for all your kind words of support and gratitude over this past week – it has meant so much to all of the staff at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We miss the children and the normal buzz of daily school life so much and can’t wait until we can all be safely back together. 

Epiphany:  

I hope that some of you were able to join in the live stream Mass led by Archbishop Bernard on Wednesday to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany when the three wise men presented special gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus. Epiphany‘ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘to reveal’, as iis when the baby Jesus was ‘revealed’ to the world.  

Opportunities for collective worship are a hugely important part of the daily life of our school and, even in this virtual world we are currently in, we would like the children to be able to share in that time of prayer and reflection. From Monday, there will be a section available on the remote learning section of the website providing daily collective worship resources including a Monday morning Gospel assembly. Please do encourage your child to participate in this short period of daily worship over the coming weeks. 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church are also offering a livestreamed Mass at 4.30pm on a Sunday via the following link: Visit www.eventcast.uk/live 

Critical Worker Provision: 

We have had significantly higher demand for critical worker places during this National Lockdown and whilst endeavouring to accommodate all families needing this provision, we do also have to prioritise the safety of our whole school community including pupils, staff and parents in the face of rapidly rising cases and intense pressure on the NHS. The government guidance during this National Lockdown is clear: stay at home if possible and updated DfE guidance states that ‘parents and carers who are critical workers should keep children at home if they can.’  Can we please request that, if you are currently using a critical worker place but are able to keep your child safely at home, you let us know as soon as possible. 

If you are dropping off/collecting your child, please make sure that you continue to adhere to our protective measures to ensure the safety of our school community. Please 

  • Remain socially distanced from other adults whilst on the playground  
  • Wear a face covering at all times whilst on the playground 

Remote Learning Provision: 

Thank you for all the positive feedback that we have received about our remote learning provision over the last week – we have been delighted to see examples of the children’s work sent in via the class emails and the staff are looking forward to seeing the outcome of our weekly quizzes today. Please do continue to send pictures of your child’s work to their teacher via the class email. 

 

The staff have worked extremely hard over the last half term to ensure a high quality and child-friendly remote learning provision. We have also added an EAL (English as an Additional Language) section under the ‘Parent’ tab with lots of resources to support home learning. 

As we will be continuing to develop our remote learning provision over the coming weeks, the page will be password protected from Monday morning. You will receive a password via text message. 

We hope that your child was able to tune in to our live Mount Carmel Story Time session at 2.30pm today to hear Mrs Harrison reading one of her favourite stories ‘Albert Le Blanc’ by Nick Butterworth– we will be sharing a live story at the same time next week! 

If you have any questions or queries regarding remote learning, please do not hesitate to get in touch via your child’s class email. 

 Staffing: 

We are delighted to announce that Mrs Rooney has commenced her new role as Deputy Headteacher at the start of this term – well done Mrs Rooney! We also welcome Mrs Hicks back who will be working with yr 4 for the remainder of this academic year. 

Our office team have been working incredibly hard to answer your questions and queries during this week which we know you have found very reassuring. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us via our school website if you have any issue or queries: olmc-office@olmc.lourdesmac.org.uk 

Take care and stay safe 

Mrs Woods 

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