During our collective worship this week, we heard about how Jesus called Simon, Andrew, James and John to leave their work behind to follow him and spread the Good News of God to those around them. Jesus invites us all to follow him. He asks us to love God, to love one another and to share the Good News. Through our daily prayer reflections, we have spent time being still in the presence of God as we ask Jesus to help us to be his disciples in all we do, think and say. 

Thank you for continuing to share all of the amazing work that the children have been doing at home this week – we particularly enjoyed all the pictures of the children having fun in the snow on Monday! Although we have switched to learning from home during lockdown, our school’s goals remain the same – to ensure that your child progresses in learning and that they stay safe and well in the process. We understand the challenges that our families are facing due to current restrictions with having to juggle home learning around your own work commitments and we want to support you as much as possible. Your feedback is really important to us in making sure that we can meet the needs of all of our families – we would really appreciate it if you could complete the following questionnaire by 12.00noon on Monday 1st February 2021: 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=MKcd5G15b0SG85FNYTIvOC6huZRRoyBNijtvF7RzlmRUOFRKTFNZWE1XVkxZVVhESUhQRVpLRjRBMS4u 

We have been notified by the DfE this week that schools will close as usual over February half-term and are not expected to remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers during that week. We will notify you of arrangements regarding contact tracing should any child, currently in school, develop covid-19 symptoms over the half term break. 

As you are aware, the government has indicated that schools will remain open only for critical workers and vulnerable children until at least the 8th March – we are awaiting further guidance regarding the re-opening of schools and will keep you fully informed when we have further details. 

In the light of high current infection rates in Redditch and DfE guidance stating that ‘parents and carers who are critical workers should keep children at home if they can’ can parents of critical workers please not send their child into school on days when there is an adult at home to care for them. 

As a school we will be celebrating Children’s Mental Health Weektaking place next week, which promotes the importance of positive mental health and wellbeingThis year’s theme is Express Yourself and we will be encouraging the children to find different ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama and doing activities that make you feel good. 

You will find a dedicated section on the remote learning page with a daily challenge for the children alongside a range of wellbeing resources for you to share with your child. We will also be sharing the ‘Children’s Mental Health Week National Assembly 2021’ via the collective worship section of the remote learning home page.  

You can also access further resources/activities at home via the following website: 

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/ 

We are continually adding a range on online learning resources via our useful links section – do take a look at the link to ‘Oak National Library’ which focuses on an exciting new author every week and gives your child the opportunity to read the story or listen to it as an audio book. 

Enjoy your weekends 

Mrs Woods 

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