I trust this latest update finds you well and that you have survived your first weekend of lockdown. If your experience has been anything like the Corbetts, then your weekend may well have included significant boredom, strained sibling (and spouse!) relationships and excessive screen time!! I must do better as a parent!
I am writing on a Monday morning at a time when every pupil and teacher would normally be gathered in the hall for our weekly whole school assembly and it feels strange for the school to be so eerily quiet at this time.
We continue to miss the children but hope that you are all doing as well as can be expected in these challenging times.
At the risk of repeating myself, please take a bit of time to read the following reminders regarding home learning:
Week beginning Mon 30th March (This week) - all children were provided with work packs which should be sufficient until Easter. You may have begun to run short of work so below is a list of links that you might find helpful to provide additional resources in the meantime. Remember, it is important that the children (and parents!) get a break as normal at Easter, so do take a couple of weeks to do other things over the Easter break.
P1-P4 - weekly timetables will be uploaded to the respective class pages. These will give some direction as to the work that has been sent home and you should aim to follow these as closely as your home situation will allow.
P5-P7 - work after Easter will be through Google Classroom. Most children have been logged on and access should not be an issue. I am aware that a number of children are still having difficulty accessing but we are working on rectifying this as soon as possible. The intention is that teachers will upload work on a weekly basis for the children to work through.
Remember, please do not allow home learning to become a source of conflict in your home. All we ask as school is that you do your very best while protecting everyone’s sanity!!
Don’t forget also that Microsoft Office is free to all pupils on up to 5 devices. Guidance on downloading this can be found at the following link: https://www.gilnahirkps.org.uk/online- learning/
ADDITIONAL HOME LEARNING LINKS
If you are running low on work or if you just need something a bit different for this week and future weeks, some of these links may help. There are so many sites out there offering free resources and it can be hard to know where to even start, but hopefully these links along with those that you have discovered for yourself, can supplement what you are already trying to do.
I mentioned in last week’s update how many homes had been putting rainbows in their windows as a symbol of hope in these challenging times. Some of you then took time to send in pictures of your own rainbows, which are included below. I must say, each of them brought a smile to my face – there is always hope and this will all end some day – hang in there and enjoy the photos. I hope they give you the same lift that they gave me.
GREAT GILNAHIRK BAKE OFF
Some of our pupils have been busy honing their baking skills at home. Anna from P5 and Mary Ella from P7 have sent in photos of themselves practising their pastry skills. I’m no expert, Mary Ella, but that drizzle cake looks pretty good to me!
The past week has seen birthdays for some of our pupils, including Charlotte and Caitlin from P4. Happy Birthday, girls. We hope you had a great day!
A NEW ARRIVAL!
No, not that sort of arrival!! Callum, Naomi and Cara Baird were excited to recently welcome Max, their new pup, to the family. I’m sure this will be a welcome distraction from all that is going on. Hopefully the house training is going to plan and that Max is providing plenty of fun in the Baird house.
A MESSAGE TO THE CHILDREN FROM MR
Boys and girls, it’s just not the same without you. I am missing the buzz around school and popping in to classrooms to see how everyone is doing. I hope you are all well and that you are working hard at home and doing everything that mum or dad (or whoever is teaching you) is asking you to do. Remember, school work is still important so just try your very best at home. I know it’s strange working at home, but one day, we’ll all be back at school and you’ll realise just how much it means to you! Until then, keep going and be kind to others and yourselves.
If you want to keep the school community up to date with what you have been up to as a family, please do send information and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know if you are happy for me to include them in the weekly update.
Wishing all of you good health and God’s blessing.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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