I hope you are all well and staying safe. Half term is here and I know that so many of your children have been working hard doing the home learning that the teachers have been setting each week. I love looking at the tweets and receiving messages from the class teachers telling me all about the wonderful work. Well done to everyone for all your efforts.
Please make sure you visit your class blog this week to see the lovely video message from the class teachers.
As you know, after half term the plan is for us to re-open for particular year groups. For those of you who have children in Nurery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who have replied to say you would like your child to return, please look out for the letter that will be emailed to you next week.
There is no home learning for the children this week so I hope you have chance to enjoy the sunshine and spend time having fun with your families.
I hope that you and your families are
well. Everyone at Rushy is missing the normality that school brings – we
miss seeing the pupils, we miss seeing you [the parents and carers], we miss
seeing our colleagues on a day to day basis. We hope that it won’t be too
long before things return to how they used to be. Having said that, we
must make sure that everything we do to bring school back together is done
We know you’ve seen in the news
that schools may reopen on 1 June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils if the
government thinks it’s safe then.
We’re waiting for further guidance
and clarification from the government right now, which will hopefully help us
create an action plan for our phased reopening. We’ll share this with you as
soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in
It’s a very unsettling time for us
all, but rest assured that we’re going to be doing everything we can to make
sure we’re ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to
reopen in the coming weeks.
We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing.
is the start of the summer term but it is not the usual way we begin the term. I do hope that you, your children and all of
your family are staying safe and well.
As you know, the government announced last Thursday that we will remain in lockdown for a further 3 weeks. Although the announcement from the government will at least give some short-term relief from speculation, the discussion is bound to begin again as we approach the next review point. Until we know what the government has in mind and until we know what the science will say, it is unhelpful to pre-empt when we may return. Therefore, here at Rushy we will continue to do what we have been doing for the past few weeks to support you. We will continue to stay open for some vulnerable children and children of key workers. We will also continue to provide home learning for your children which can be accessed on the blogs. The next set of home learning will be on the blogs today.
we are going to make some changes to how we support you and your children.
teachers are going to ring each of you once a fortnight to see how the children
in their class are doing. This will be
an opportunity for you to let us know some of things you have been doing and to
ask for support with the learning if you need it.
We are also
going to set up class emails. This way,
class teachers will be able to send regular messages to their class. It will also be an opportunity for you to
upload any of your children’s work for the teachers to see. We want to be able to celebrate all the good
work that the children are doing.
Finally, I want to say please remember that this strange and difficult time will not be for ever.
I want to reassure you and your children that all the staff here at Rushy are thinking of you and hoping that as each day passes you stay safe and well.
As you know, the class teachers have been setting your children
home learning which has been posted on the Blogs. The teachers will not set any
learning for the two week Easter break. However, I am sure you have all
now discovered some fun and entertaining things online which your children can use over the
next two weeks. Also, don’t forget the more traditional things such as
board games, arts and crafts etc, anything to keep your children busy and
The teachers will upload home learning for week three of the school closure on Monday April 20th.
Moving forward we want to be able to communicate with you and your
children more directly so we are working hard to set up the technology to
enable us to do that. This will mean that you will be able to contact teachers
to show the good work your children are doing, but also to ask for help and
bear with us while we set this up. We hope to have it ready by
In these strange times it is worth remembering that it won’t be like this forever. We need to continue to reach out to one another in our school community and beyond to offer help and support, albeit remotely!
I hope you and your family have managed to stay safe and well this past week. I am sure life in your home must feel very strange, particularly as we are now in ‘lock down’.
As you know, the class teachers have been providing you with some ideas for home learning. These were all posted on the blogs last week. As promised they have updated the learning for next week. The teachers have worked hard to put together lots of ideas to support maths, English and topic, as well as some fun ideas you can access on websites,
Please do not feel you have to do everything each day; it is so important that your children get some relaxation time [as well as you!].
Continue to stay safe and well, and enjoy the springtime – even if it is only by looking through the window.
few weeks have been like no other and as the weekend approaches we are saying goodbye to
many of our pupils without knowing when they will return to school.
Firstly I want to say ‘thank you’ to you for the support
that you have given the school while we try to navigate our way through such
challenging times. Your patience,
understanding and cooperation has been fantastic and meant a great deal to all
the staff in school.
As I write this letter I am not sure when we will be able to
return to our normal routine and welcome everyone back to school.
I recognise that this is a difficult time for you and I want you to know that the staff are all
committed to ensuring your children are supported while they are at home. Please make sure you check the blogs daily
and support and encourage your pupils to work through the activities that the
class teachers put on the blog. Your
children’s learning is so important and we want to support you as much as we
can with the work that we set. The blogs
will be updated weekly.
As you know, the school will be open to some pupils over the
next few weeks but for those of you who will be at home with your children
please support one another, and those in
your local community, in whatever way you can.
Our school motto is:
Pupils, families, community:
learning and working together.
Let’s make sure we keep that at the forefront of our minds
in these challenging times.
I look forward to seeing everyone back in school but for
now, take care.
School closure – awaiting further directives and guidance
You will no
doubt be aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools are closing on Friday 20th March due to COVID-19
but that there are exceptions for some groups of children.
I know that parents will want clarity on this and that you will be awaiting further information from Rushy Meadow about the arrangements. However, at the time of writing this blog, all schools are awaiting directives and further guidance about the logistics of keeping the school open and who this will be for.
advised that when announcements are made to the country, schools hear these at
the same time as you – we do not have any information in advance.
I understand that this is an extremely concerning situation for us all. We will do all we can to support the Rushy Meadow community but do ask that parents bear with us as we work through a whole host of discussions, decisions and tasks – we are all in uncharted territory.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.
There are signs that spring is on it’s way – hurray! We need some sunshine, I’m sure you would agree.
All the children have been busy this week learning some new skipping skills in our skipping workshops. I hope they have told you all about it. I saw lots of the adults joining in too!
Last week we celebrated World Book Day – the children looked AMAZING dressed up as book characters. Thank you very much for supporting this event by helping to create such amazing outfits. I hope you saw the tweets that we sent out showing our parade in the hall.
Covid 19 – Coronavirus
I know that you will be concerned about this virus that appears to spreading across the country. This is a situation that is unprecedented. All decisions that are made are based on evidence and guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England. The school will continue to send out regular letters to keep parents and carers informed about the steps we are taking. All communication can also be found In the letters section on the school website. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
This part of the term has flown by. The pupils have once again been very busy with their learning and taking part in additional activities too.
Just a few things that have happened this half term are that our pupils performed at the O2, Year 6 visited the Horniman Museum and we have launched our newly refurbished library. All of the children now spend time in the library each week. They have told me that they love going in there to read and share their favourite books as well as exploring new books.
This week we had an excellent performance from Year 5 on the theme of e-safety. We were very pleased that the Local Authority E-Safety Officer was also able to come into school and talk to our Year 5 parents and carers. This is such an important issue and as a school we are committed to ensuring that all of our pupils stay safe online. Please look at the school website for important information and links to helpful websites about this subject.
I hope you all have an enjoyable half term break whatever the weather!
We look forward to seeing all the children back in school on Monday 24th February.