Deputy Head’s Blog 3rd April 2020

We hope you are keeping safe and well in this challenging time? Who knew we would all be facing a world wide pandemic. Every family will be facing huge challenges. This is a huge test of patience and resilience!

We are certainly missing you all and our school routine.

We have been enjoying keeping in touch through Facebook and Twitter and some parents have emailed. Please do keep in touch, we are all here for you albeit virtually!

Social Media has become an important platform for us all. It was so lovely to see Rev. Daniel Stroud take his service which was filmed and posted onto Facebook. Rev. Daniel has reached out to us all in Nannerch and is offering support for anyone who needs it. Thank you Daniel.

It has been very special seeing how innovative businesses and communities are becoming. Nannerch Community being held closely by Tim and Janet Costidell from the Cross Foxes as they are shopping and cooking for so many residents (and non residents like myself!). The Crown in Lixwm have turned into a farm shop and are also taking food takeaway orders. Rhydywmwyn Garage are becoming a central resource for residents too. Communities are certainly strong and doing an amazing job!

It also goes without saying, how much we appreciate the NHS and everyone who have key roles in this current pandemic. Many of our parents, families and staff are putting themselves at risk during this time and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Our school hub in Bryn Coch has been very well established and excellent safeguarding measures are in place. Thank you to the Headteacher and Deputy for their planning and providing a smooth transition for us. The hub remains open for the Easter holiday for our key pupils and so another thank you to our staff for providing fun days for our key worker pupils.

Staff have also been busy behind the scenes creating virtual classrooms. These classrooms are for you to access as part of your child’s home learning. These will be updated regularly and it is a platform for your child to ask questions and communicate with your class teacher if needed. An email has been sent to all our families today with the instructions. Please get in touch if you haven’t received the email.

We do understand home learning can be a huge challenge, but remember learning takes place in so many different ways. We have been hearing about lovely projects pupils are getting stuck into and what strikes me most, is that, we are having the chance to teach our children life skills! To see budding electricians, carpenters, authors, chefs, researchers, presenters, artists, just to make a few, has been remarkable! Thank you families!

The virtual classrooms are for you to use as you please. If you already have a better system in place then you may not need to use the classroom.

We have ensured there are a lot of fun things on there though, even singing and dancing in my classroom! You will even see Miss Roberts demonstrating a gymnastics routine with her nephew! I have posted #Doodles with Duddle in my class which is a real treat ~ Thank you Jonny!

We would like to stress how our families happiness and wellbeing is our priority and if we can support further please get in touch.

We wish all our school community a safe and happy Easter.

Mrs John

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