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Another week has flown by at Birches. As always, I hope that all of our children at home remain safe and well. School really isn’t the same without you all.

As I outlined in my post on Thursday, the Government have now published the guidance for September’s full return. This means we can begin planning in earnest to support all children back to school at the start of the new academic year. This requires thought and careful planning for both the well being of our children as they adapt back to school life after such a long time away as well as planning to address the learning time that has been missed. Thank you to all our parents who have supported their children in the best way they can during the closure. Please remember, there has been no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – home learning certainly hasn’t been a ‘one size fits all’ thing! Parents have needed to make the right choice for their child(ten) and their circumstances. Be reassured that we understand that as a school. In September we will work in partnership with all parents to support the children.

Teachers are hoping to make contact with the children in their classes who remain at of home in the coming weeks. We are so sad that it hasn’t been possible to invite you all in before the holidays. We are also looking at ways teachers can connect with their new classes to introduce themselves before the summer break.

As you know, we opened our final bubble last week – well done to the children in Violet bubble had such a positive start back.

I joined our PFA committee on Friday evening for our first ever online meeting via Zoom! Thank you to them for their time and commitment. They have a number of ideas to help raise some valuable funds over the coming weeks and months. Details will be shared in due course.

Final reports will be emailed to parents this week. These will provide a summary of your child’s learning up to the school closure in March. Apologies for the delay in these coming out to you. Thank you once again for your understanding and patience.

Best wishes to you all. Stay safe and have a good week.

Mrs Ferretti 🙂