Hello to all our families. I hope you are all well and have been able to enjoy some of the lovely Spring sunshine we’ve had over the last few weeks. For me it has made lockdown easier, if I can take a walk in good weather!
As we reach the May bank holiday weekend, I know that many of you have been managing to access some home schooling; through GLOW, Study Ladder, Sumdog, Linguascope, or our paper learning copies and jotters available in the school foyer, which require no access to ICT. I’ve spoken to a few mums and dads about their home schooling experiences, and met some of the children while out and about in the town, and can I say you’re all doing a great job. Thank you also to our teaching staff who have mastered a whole new way of offering learning; I know it’s been a steep learning curve for us all, but we’re gaining new skills all the time and the wide variety of learning provided has something for everyone. Again, for our families, don’t worry if you can’t get a lot done, just try to do what suits your family circumstances.
Everyone has been asking the question, “When will our schools open again?” and yesterday the First Minister announced the route map to move towards easing of lockdown and gradual opening up of schools, businesses and services. The full document is available on the Scottish Government website.
For us, this means that, right now, school remains open only for children of key workers, but that it is hoped school staff can return to working in school soon, to prepare for the new term in August. If you are a key worker and need childcare, please contact the school on 01236 632122 to arrange this. Please also contact school and leave me a message if you need a call back.
The Scottish Government has noted that steps forward will be “careful, gradual and incremental” and also note, “We are planning to make support available to pupils at key transition points, e.g. those due to start P1 or S1 where possible.”
I will keep you informed of any changes which will affect our school and families as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, my very best wishes,
Mrs Jean Rae