Monday 23rd March
Dear Parents and Carers,
Re. Farewell for Now
As we come to the end of the first of what is likely to be many strange days in the weeks ahead for us as staff, we wanted to send a letter on behalf of our whole team to thank you all for your support, kind words and compassion in these unsettling times. Our staff have been overwhelmed by the lovely comments that they have received and will miss you and your children terribly whilst our school is closed.
We recognise that the upcoming weeks will be a challenge for us all and we know that there will be times when taking on the task of teaching your own children will feel exhausting (feel free to insert your own word here depending on your mood after day one!) We want to reassure you that we are all here every step of the way. We will be in touch every week to set new tasks for home learning, with as much guidance as we can give, but please rest assured – if you can’t get through what is set, or you feel it is unmanageable, there is no pressure to complete it, at all. These are unprecedented times and as a wise parent said last week, “the world just needs to go a little bit slower”. We will continue to provide enough work for those of you who get a good routine going and for others of you trying to balance parenting and your own work commitments, we hope you can dip in and out of what is sent to help your children stay focused on key aspects of their learning. Most importantly though, we want you all to stay safe and take care in these times. We will not be sending home learning packs out in what would have been our Easter holidays, because by then, you and your children will deserve a break from it all. Feel free to keep going with any outstanding work left over
We are only ever an email or phone call away should you have any problem or need anything – if you find you want to use our names plus a phone call to threaten your children when they refuse to tear themselves away from a TV break, please do! If a call from a stern teacher, Deputy Head or (gulp) Headteacher helps, just let us know. Equally, if your child is struggling or would appreciate a call from a friendly voice, we are absolutely here for that too. Just email our parent inbox email, or contact our school office via phone, and we will get messages through for you to the staff who you need.
We know how tough teaching is, so, to end on a high, we have pulled together our Brookburn staff top tips to support your initiation into the world of teaching children, which you can find on the next page. We hope you enjoy.
We want to finish by saying that this is not a “goodbye”, it is very much a “see you soon”.
Wishing you all the best. Please take care of yourselves and your family.
With much love,
The Brookburn Team
Article posted: 25th March 2020