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This week our whole school focus has been on being thankful. We were so grateful to welcome more children back in school on Monday as we opened our doors to 150 children. It was so lovely to hear much more laughter and chatter around the school. So many of the children were happy to be back and it has been quite emotional hearing them say that they have missed us. We have certainly missed them too!

This week, the children have been thinking about the things they are grateful for and gave some heartfelt, non-materialistic suggestions in our assembly. Examples were: our friends and family; our health; school being open; the NHS; people that care. Some of our Year 5 pupils wrote the alphabet of gratitude which they shared with the whole school. Children have also been writing postcards to say thank you to individuals, going on gratitude walks around the school and filling class gratitude jars.

Coincidentally, we received a lovely thank you gift from a parent during the week – a box of biscuits to keep the staff going! This was such a lovely gesture and was gratefully received.

It has been lovely to reflect on so many positives this week and it certainly helps to have a growth mindset during these unusual times.

On Friday, we ran our first golden assembly, virtually, since the school closed. It was a pleasure to announce an array of golden tickets awarded to children, both in home and at school, for their amazing work. We also took the opportunity to award oscars to Maeghan in Year 6 and Miss Kemp. Full write ups about why they were chosen for this prestigious award will feature in our Term 6 Newsletter. Congratulations to both Maeghan and Miss Kemp – both true stars!

We have been busy planning our new curriculum for September to ensure that we support our pupils when they return. The Government has now announced that school will open for all pupils and we have already made a plan that we will share with you once it is finalised. This coming week, we will be sharing the class arrangements for the next academic year and school reports will be sent out.

With only two weeks to go, there is lots to do and plenty to plan, but we have it all in hand.

Have a great week.

Mrs Campbell – Headteacher