Only two weeks ago, our school was operating as normal. Our children were learning in classrooms and playing outside among the spring flowers during breaktimes. Our teachers were planning exciting lessons for the remaining weeks before our Easter holidays and even some staff, were planning on travelling abroad for a week or so.
Suddenly, we found ourselves working hard to follow the new rules in our country. We were all washing our hands at every opportunity, sanitising, and in recent days, we were keeping social distancing rules. Throughout all this, our families kept bringing our children to school, our pupils kept learning and we all stayed calm. Our Y6 pupils even went on residential for the week! We’re a close community! We work well as a team. We’re strong!
In the background, the staff in our school were planning for big changes. We didn’t know what would happen next but we were planning. As I write now, our school, like all the schools in our country, are closed. We must stay at home as much as possible. We know we have a few exceptions. We also know that we need our key and critical workers to still go out to work to keep our country ticking over.
Our school is dedicated to keeping our key and critical workers doing their jobs. We remain open for the children of these workers, for our most vulnerable pupils and those with Educational Health Care Plans. The staff in school, are selfless. They are still showing up for work to teach some of our children. I am proud of them. Behind the scenes, the other staff are designing home learning, making videos, sharing links and answering emails from the children. Our children won’t be forgotten – no matter how long this goes on for.
I will continue to update all our families too. The most important message from me for now is this: stay safe, stay at home and stay healthy. We want to see everyone return when we are allowed to open our doors to everyone once again.
It’s a new school year and the weather has been so very kind to us. The children have returned settled and eager to please. All our children have remembered all the school rules and it’s been a delight to see how mature they have become. Before the holidays we had a professional photographer to capture our children learning around school. I’m including some photographs in this first Blog of the year.
Since we’ve started we’ve had lots of events. Children are celebrating Roald Dahl Day today by dressing up in their favourite characters. See the Class Blogs for specific photos of that. School visits are booked in this month with Y6s planning on visiting Eden Camp to support their World War II project. Loads of our children have signed themselves up to attend the many after school clubs. It’s great to see new faces joining Razzamataz theatre club, Rugger Eds (Rugby Club with the professionals), Athletics Club, Gaming Club, Yoga Club and more besides.
This week, children have been applying for the many schools jobs on offer. Trophy Polishing, Plant Watering, Playground Buddies, Office Assistants, Attendance Officers and Lunchtime Assistants are always popular and in demand. In addition, pupils have been voting for the new School Council this week. We have brand new representatives to continue to give a pupil voice in our democratic school. This shows how dedicated and committed our children are to making our school the Team Prince that it is.
Finally, a brand new Pride of Prince Edward will be announced in assembly later today. Who will it be?
Today we received a letter from Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP (Secretary of State for Education) and Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP (Minister of State for School Standards). In it they congratulate us for our “very high level of progress that pupils demonstrated in the Key Stage 2 assessments last year” and they say that “in terms of progress your pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2, your school is in the top 3% of schools in England.”
It is huge congratulations to the fabulous Year Four team this week who have been awarded this trophy for their behaviour on school trips. They showed the adults their best behaviour and represented Prince impeccably. But is is normal for them. They shone out above the other schools that were attending the same trip and another Head Teacher contacted the school to praise us! Well done Amber class and Jade Class, you have made Team Prince very happy.
It’s been a week since we all returned after our Christmas holiday. Welcome back to all our children, their parents and families and to all the dedicated staff. The children never fail to amaze me! They returned settled, keen to learn, enthusiastic and each year group seemed to have matured over the holidays. In just one week, the pupils have proved that they haven’t forgotten any of our school rules, routines or expectations. Well done: I am very proud.