Welcome to Wednesday’s CTK blog.  I hope that you are all well and staying safe.

Like a lot of staff and parents I find myself balancing home life and work.  From printing out schoolwork to helping my children email work in and complete it to the best pf their ability.  They miss their friends’, so every evening usually consists of facetiming each other and planning what they will do when they can visit each other.

Quite often as a teacher I am asked about how much I interact with other staff outside of school, I have probably seen more staff members than I would do in work.  From reading staff bulletins to zoom meetings and weekly film clubs.  The film club is a great idea (though not my own) and something that you can easily do with friends or family, choose an evening or time, congregate on House Party and watch together. Just ensure its age appropriate. There are also quizzes that you can do with friends and family using similar platforms.  Just remember to stay safe online and parents/guardians check that apps are locked down before your children use them.  We have some information on this on the school website or you can email me for advice.

I know many parents will understand me when my heart sinks when I hear the “I’m bored”, this happened three days after lockdown began. Unfortunately, my youngest child is much like myself and needs continual mixed input in order to alleviate the dreaded boredom. We have made lockdown salt dough with our handprints and then painting the result. I have been baking at least twice a week (with mixed results) with my little helpers. Lego has been a saviour, as has decorating the house in rainbows.  Our little village has decorated its houses with rainbow bunting to support the NHS and the keyworkers.  Gardening has also been attempted along with some lovely walks with my eldest daughter.  If you are looking for some ideas check out Pinterest or try the challenges set by school.

As I said above, I also bore very easily so in addition to my newfound fascination with Lego I have also bought a skateboard (much to my faculty’s delight).  So far, I have learnt that I am far too old for a skateboard and that it’s much harder than it looks. To date there are no broken bones, but some near misses.

Seriously, we are living in a time that will one day become a prominent moment in history.  People are making time capsules, scrapbooks and diaries to pass on to family members.  Its amazing to think that one day teachers will be delivering this in the classrooms, your children and grandchildren will be asking what it was like during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please, please heed the instructions given to us and stay safe I miss every pupil in our school, from the ones I am lucky enough to teach, to those that I see on walkabout. Speaking for all the school staff we miss you; we miss working in our normal way, however one day we will hopefully return to something like what we had before.

I also just wanted to say how amazing VE day was on Friday. My village had several street parties (socially distanced of course), it was great to see lots of people of different ages celebrating. One of my grandfather’s duties at the end of the war was to clear the survivors out of the concentration camps, this impacted on his whole life and he found it quite difficult to talk about it.  My husband’s grandfather lost his life in Normandy in 1944.

So, I am going to sign off now, please remember we are here for all families, not just our pupils. We are all in this together and by joining we can help and support each other through this.  It is not a weakness to ask for help but a show of strength.

 

Take care, be safe everyone,

 

Mrs O’Connor-Green


Our daily cultural challenge is to listen to the National Youth Orchestra play Gustav Holst’s The Planets:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be7uEyyNIT4

 

 

 

 

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