This week we have faced the sad news of the passing of Sir Captain Tom Moore, who raised so much money for the NHS charities and provided us with a focus and role model during 2020. Although a great personal loss for his family and we send our condolences, I was lifted by the focus on the achievements of his life and his positive mindset throughout - something we all need at the moment.
Currently, we are faced with the prospective of school and home based learning continuing in the same structure for a little while longer, which is incredibly sad for all of us who long for school to be reopened for everyone and our lives to resemble a more normal time. Provisionally the Government hope there will be some change to schooling from March 8th but this is all dependant on the statistics and the advice from scientific advisors.
Please find attached a letter from Julian Wooster, Director of Children’s Services, about Remote Learning in Somerset schools. He provides a summary of current education during this third National Lockdown and links to the eLim Team; online safety and the directory of mental health and emotional wellbeing services and resources. Please follow the links within the letter to access these useful resources.
This week we highlighted National Children’s Mental Health Week in our assembly. The theme was ‘express yourself’ and the benefits gained to our mental health by finding an activity that helps us be happy, relax, connected and feel positive. Although this was directed towards the children, it is also important for us adults as well, to try and find a switch-off activity especially if you are home schooling and need some me-time!
World Book Day
Looking forwards, we are beginning to make plans for Thursday 7th March which is World Book Day; a day to help foster a love of reading in our children. To celebrate this day, we have decided to go ahead with our usual dress up day. Children, in school and at home, are invited to dress up as a book character for the day (teaching staff will also be dressing up as a character from their favourite book!).
The week beginning 4th March will be ‘Book Week’ at Catcott and children in school and at home will be taking part in a variety of activities themed around a whole school story, including quizzes, Teams costume parades and lots more! More details will follow but we wanted to give you as much time as possible to get your creative hats on and start deciding on your outfit choice!
Half-Term & Inset Day
Half-term is the week 15th-19th February and on Monday 22nd February we have an INSET Day for the staff, so there will be no school. School re-starts for home based children and school based children on Tuesday 23rd February.
Next week we shall add our latest Newsletter to the school website – a little condensed this half-term but we thought it would be good to share some positivity from everyone’s schooling.
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and keep safe.