Dear Parents/Carers, 

As we come to the end of what has been a school year like no other, we would once again like to express our thanks to all of our parents and carers for the tremendous support that you have given to the school as we have had to make and change plans at very short notice in responding to government guidance. Your messages, the sharing of your child’s home learning and your kind words have been much appreciated during this challenging time. 

We would also like to say a huge well done to all of the children for their resilience in the face of such huge change whether that be adjusting to remote learning or adapting to being in unfamiliar classrooms with different members of staff in school. We are so proud of all of you and I know that your class teachers have sent you a special momento via your class pages on the website – make sure that you take a look! 

I would also like to say a huge thank you to our entire staff, both inside and outside of the classroom, for their unwavering positivity, dedication and commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the children and families in our school throughout the last four months. You are all definitely ready for a well-deserved summer break! 

Despite the challenges faced due to government restrictions, we are delighted to have been able to hold some of our special celebrations this week. 

Our bubbles had a great time on Tuesday as they participated in their individual mini sports’ days involving a wide range of exciting physical challenges – we hope that you were able to join in the fun at home too! 

Though very different to our usual thanksgiving Mass, we all shared a very precious time in school as we participated in our virtual Feast Day Mass on Thursday afternoon. We would like to say a huge thank you to Fr Jason and to Lourdes IT for making this a possibility and for giving us the opportunity to come together as a whole school community (including all of the children who are not currently able to be in school) on such an important occasion. 

We said an emotional goodbye to our yr 4 children today as we celebrated together at their farewell picnic. It has been such a privilege to watch them grow and develop into such amazing, confident and talented young people, ready to embark on the next stage of their life journey, and we look forward to hearing all about their continued successes at middle school. Their beautiful renditions of our leavers’ song will be available on the class pages of the website shortly! A number of children from other year groups are also leaving us this year and we wish them all the very best of luck in their new schools. 

We will also be saying farewell to a number of parents and we would like to thank you for the incredible support and encouragement that you have given the school during your child’s time with us – we will miss you all! 

This year we are saying goodbye to two highly valued members of staff – Mrs Hicks who is officially retiring and Mrs Adkins who is moving on to pastures new. We thank them both for their amazing dedication and service to the school – they will be greatly missed. 

Our remote learning resources have now finished but we have made a wealth of ideas and resources available for you to enjoy as a family over the summer holidays. Please follow the link to take a look: 

https://www.mountcarmelfirstschool.co.uk/summer-holiday-activities/  

These resources are also available via the year group curriculum pages of the school website. 

A reminder also that the ‘Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020!’ is available via the link below: 

https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/  

The plans to welcome everyone back safely in September have now been finalised and shared with you. As always, these plans are subject to change following government guidance. Please take time to read them carefully to help to prepare both yourselves and our children to make a smooth transition back to school. We will, of course, inform you of any changes prior to our return on Wednesday 2nd September. 

On behalf of all the staff of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, may we wish you a safe and restful summer break. 

Take Care 

Mrs Woods 


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