Dear CTK Community
I hope that you are all well and safe.
Last nights celebration of our NHS heroes will long be remembered as a time when we recognised the sacrifices that are being made to keep us safe. It was a unifying moment across the country that reminds us that despite the seemingly unbridgeable differences at times, when we are challenged we can come together to recognise the special people in our society. I’m sure many of you were out on your doorsteps and felt a warmth and community that can sometimes be lost in everyday life when we are too busy to recognise that we are part of a bigger picture. At CTK we are lucky in that we have a strong bond and values that express this every day and we are thankful as it is you all that create and nurture this ethos.
We have nearly completed our first week since closing our doors and it has been an emotional and challenging time for all of us. While we miss the day to day interactions with the pupils, the passing smile and joke with an enthusiastic year 7 or the familiar antics of the year 11’s we’ve seen grow, we know that it won’t be too long before we see them all again and are all back together.
In the meantime I can confirm that running a school with 900 pupils and running a virtual school can be equally challenging, enriching, and brings with it one thing that has remained consistent in that we are constantly adapting to the needs of the community. Teachers are finding new ways to connect and engage the pupils and pupils are being asked to be more independent and self-manage their learning. I’m sure that pupils, parents, carers and staff are all slowly developing their own working patterns and routines that will help them be the most productive they can be and if you are finding this difficult please keep in contact and we will of course help in any way we can. While this current situation is a challenge, we strongly believe that the lessons we are learning will only make us all better in the future and more resilient facing adversity in our lives.
Our amazing Business manager Mrs Bernard has worked tirelessly to ensure the wellbeing of our free school meal pupils and vouchers will be issued every Sunday evening to all those eligible. If you have not yet received a voucher please contact her directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’d like to confirm that the voucher scheme will continue over the Easter break and will not as usual only apply during term time. Thank you all for your patience in this matter.
If you would like any support regarding caring for your own or children’s mental health at this time CAHMs have produced resources based around supporting children during social distancing. It can be found at the following link https://wakelet.com/wake/564d7bc8-4bc9-462f-a9e1-2deb03150c3f . We hope that you find it helpful and supportive.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their efforts and reassure you that while our gates are closed we are still here for you not just to educate but to support the CTK community in any way we can.
Stay safe and be Kind