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Well, this week has certainly been a week like no other.

Life for the Birches community and beyond has completely changed. In school this week we have welcomed a small number of children, providing childcare to enable their Key Worker parents to continue to do their jobs, vital in our fight against this virus. I am very proud that as a team, Birches are able to do our bit to help our country. I would like to thank all the Birches staff and all our Key Worker parents for their efforts. I would also like to thank our whole school community for ‘doing the right thing’; following the guidance and staying home in a bid to help to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

I hope that many of our families were able to join in with #clapforcaregivers on Thursday night at 8pm. I was completely moved by the sound of clapping from my neighbours and from distance homes when I stood at my son’s bedroom window to join in. What an amazing way to show our support for the NHS. It was very emotional and I felt a strong sense of community ‘togetherness’. It is these such things that give us the strength to get through difficult times such as these.

‘Rainbows’ have been the theme of the week – in school and around a Codsall! It has been wonderful to see so many houses around the village displaying their messages of hope and helping to keep our community connected. If you haven’t done already, please visit our Rainbow Gallery section of the website to see a selection from our Birches community.

Like the children, staff have been adapting to different ways of working. We have had lots of positive feedback from parents and children about the online Home Learning tasks that teachers have been setting. Thank you to the staff for their hard work with these.

It has been wonderful to hear from many of you during the week and see some fantastic photos of the things that have been keeping you all busy. We are all missing the children (and families!) very much – please do keep in touch and email us to let us know how the children are getting on!

Sending warm wishes and hoping that all our families remain safe and well.

Take care,

Mrs Ferretti