Notes from the Head 22nd January 2021

I hope everyone is keeping well in these difficult times. There is always a real sense of Community in Nannerch and it is obvious even during Lock-down. The entrance to the Church gate always gives a reason to pause for thought and reflection.

I would like to say a very big thank you to all the staff who are doing their very best to do all they can to support the children and families. The virtual learning is proving really successful with lots of engagement from pupils. A big well done to all our supportive parents. The paper packs have also proved effective as there has been an opportunity to move away from devices and improve good old fashioned pencil skills as well. This has also been a good opportunity for us to catch up with parents too.

The highlight of my week is celebrating effort and achievements with a Headteacher’s award, especially as parents will often give feedback that it has made a pupil smile!

We have tried to respond to previous feedback to continually improve provision and address pupil individual needs.

We are also running a Hub for Critical Worker pupils and Vulnerable learners. Parents have been very aware of safety messages and are only accessing this facility when there is a real need.

I represented both schools earlier to pay our respect to Mr Kevin Hughes who has recently passed away with Covid. I couldn’t attend the funeral due to limited numbers, but the streets outside his home in Gwernymynydd were filled with people wishing to pay their respects to such a big hearted man. He was very community minded and was held in high regard by all.

Kevin was a very proactive Governor for our Federation. He was a very skilled photographer and often had a camera in hand, he brought lots of smiles to the children's faces! He will be very much missed by our Communities.

Many of you may have seen his recent interview on BBC Wales TV urging everyone to follow the guidance and to stay Covid safe. He will be very much missed by all.