It should not have ended like this.
Today, we rushed through, as best we could, but much of the ‘CoVID-Christmas plans’ had to be abandoned. This was beyond our control but left us very sad. Of course, as the pictures show, there was still some beautiful craft, cards, Christmas gifts and a final assembly. But it wasn’t enough.
We will see some children next week in our childcare and the rest on Teams. I know that we will all try our best to make it work - parents, pupils and staff. I ask one thing of anyone who happens to be reading this - If someone tries to tell you that we closed because staff wanted a longer holiday, please consider challenging them. I cannot speak for all the education staff in Wales, but I can speak for ours and they would have preferred to carry on, as normal, next week. Mainly, because it’s their job - a job they love and to which they are committed. But also, as anyone who has tried it will tell you, it is far easier to teach (and celebrate Christmas week) with 30 children in your room, than it is to do it with 10 in the room and the other 20 at home!
From myself and all staff, thank you for your gifts and cards. Thank you to the PTA for the ‘Elf Postal Service’. Most importantly, thank you for your continued support. If I do not see you in the next week, I hope you all keep safe and have a joyful Christmas.
Mr J Wilkinson
As we progress through Advent we talked about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Our preparations are now ‘full steam ahead’ - carols can be heard from every room, the shepherd costumes have been dragged up from the cellar and our Christmas Post Box is full to the brim. It was a strange Christmas Dinner Day, on Thursday, with a temporary team and the absence of familiar faces but there were still many beaming smiles. Thank you to all who cooked, served and cleaned to make sure everyone enjoyed their sprouts safely.
Friday was Christmas Jumper Day and it was fantastic to see the joy that this day brings for many children (and staff). We raised over £135 for Save the Children. There was also the opportunity for Year 1 and 2 families to see some Come and See work, at Friday Coffee, and chat to teachers. Thank you to staff, pupils, PTA and families for making this event a success.
We know that our long journey through advent, following the star, will end with a special baby in a manger. But half way through one special baby has finally arrived home after a long journey. Congratulations to Miss Copp, Tom and Baby Grace.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, in school. Our week began with the first candle lit on our Advent Wreath and, in assembly, we talked about ‘getting ready’. We know that the lights and decorations are all just reminders that WE must be ready. We talked about being kind in school and at home.
By the time we ended our week together, on Friday afternoon, the lights were up in the hall, the nativity scene set in the corridor and our tree shone brightly through the hall window. But the brightest lights, as always, were the children. One shining moment, was the little ones heading off (in Christmas hats and hi-vis vests) to deliver their letter to Santa. Other bright lights were the classmates who helped our newest children, who have joined our school from Pakistan with little or no English, to settle into school life.
Throughout Advent, we will continue to use the lights, carols and decorations to remind us all to be ready for the gift of Jesus this Christmas.