Dear Children and Students of St Anne’s,
I hope you are all keeping well.
I am writing from the school building which is a very quiet place these days, without the normal hustle and bustle of school life. I certainly miss you all and look forward to seeing you again sometime soon.
It is a strange time for everyone but a time that we can learn to do things differently and in new, exciting ways. So much of your learning goes on in school usually and I am very proud of the standards that you set in your work here. But always remember that we don’t stop learning when we go out of school; we are always learning. I like the quote below:
‘All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.’ –Martin Fisher
We may not be able to travel the world for now but the world around us at home can be a great place to learn.
You are all being asked to work from home and I know that you will do this to the best of your ability. It is different for you and may take some time to get used to. I urge you to try to create new things and experiment with ideas and work if you can.
Remember also that your parents are very busy these days. Don’t forget to ask them if there are ways that you can help them. Your younger siblings may need some help too. Think also of your grandparents and other neighbours who might like to hear from you over the phone.
So many visitors to school comment that children in St Anne’s are so kind and caring and so I know that all of us in St Anne’s will continue this at home in the weeks ahead.
Your teachers will be in touch with you over the coming days with some updates and we will be setting up new ways of working online for you. It may take a little time to get used to this but it will be exciting too. They will keep in contact with you in the weeks ahead too.
I hope you remember that we had two challenges running in the school over the past few weeks and I think it would be good to keep these going if we could.
Do you remember where your class were travelling to in the ‘Destination Challenge’? I have attached some photos here of the distances you already travelled by doing circuits around the school. Why not keep this going at home? Perhaps you could set up a ‘circuit’ of your own indoors or outdoors and keep track of your kilometres.
Also we were doing the ‘Share a Story’ initiative. To date we have shared over 7,000 stories, which is marvellous. Again why not keep going with this and keep track of your stories on your sheet. It would be a great way to spend some time with your family.
So that’s about it for now.
I will come back to you on a regular basis and I am planning some projects and competitions that you might like to take part in
Best wishes to you all,