Notes from the Head 22nd May 2020

We are approaching the Whitsun half term holidays and hopefully the sun will continue to shine!

During this time, we have certainly faced some challenges and everyone has reacted well.

As I look back at the initial school closure, I can see how far we have travelled. I must admit the idea of arranging digital lessons for the pupils was a little disconcerting.

I have such hard-working staffs who are managing to meet demands of the Hub alongside supporting Google Classroom and other virtual learning platforms. The fact that Nannerch school have such a strong team of staff becomes even more apparent during these difficult times. I have really appreciated their skill and dedication and I know you do as parents.

I have been so impressed at the response from our pupils; the standard of work has been high. We have some very knowledgeable and creative parents supporting our learners

Our Schools Learning Advisor has been complimentary of pupils’ work. She has used several examples of their work as evidence of good practice for her reports to GwE and County.

She can see that the Google Classrooms are a lovely resource they contain lots of super ideas and activities to enjoy.

I know the staff have a practical and supportive approach with the children. This is the joy of being in a small community school they know the pupils so well. If you do have any problems or concerns please do get in touch. The well being of pupils is our first priority, so please do let us know if there is anything else we can do to support your family.

Mrs John had a fantastic idea, she organised some lovely rainbow gifts for the pupils to make them smile.

The gifts were fabulous, and the little packages left at the door certainly brought a beam to the faces of pupils from both schools.

This lovely idea was well timed for me.I started to receive lots of photos of smiling children at the time I had found out that the lovely Nercwys caretaker had passed away. Mr Allan Wynne had worked in the school for a number of years. He was very popular with staff, pupils and parents, he will be much missed. He always attended school events and activities. The photos of the children helped to cheer me up, especially the rainbow of hope. Well done Mrs John, that was a lovely suggestion.

We still don’t know what a phased return to school will look like. I was hoping to share more information, but this is not the case. The Welsh Parliament want to get it right from the start and issue clear guidance to Headteachers and Governing Bodies.

We are being proactive to ensure our schools are as safe as they can be for staff and pupils, in preparation for a phased return. We are in the process of compiling a report for the Governors detailing this. Mrs John and I completed a Health and Safety tour in both settings alongside a qualified adviser.

We want to make sure that the school has everything in place in preparation for a phased return. As soon information is available, we will update you.

Enjoy the half term holiday, I hope you find time to relax and hopefully enjoy some sunshine.