Friday 12th March - a message from Binks Neate-Evans, Executive Principal
It was a delight to see and hear the happy buzz in our school communities this week. Having had a year with varying levels of children attending, it did feel busy but really well managed and controlled. We were delighted that attendance was high and this we hope reflects your trust in the schools (and probably a little more than a sprinkling of relief for many).
It was truly remarkable to see how quickly children settled into their classes despite the fabulous, exciting buzz of seeing their friends again. This being said, we do recognise that for some children, they may have found returning more difficult. We hope you and they have had the support needed to help. We are focusing on settling children quickly by being welcoming, reassuring and well-structured. The human brain likes routine as it provides security and enables us to access the 'executive' brain that we use to learn rather than the 'reptilian' brain that is more about survival, fight or flight.
I will keep repeating that our schools are LEARNING ORGANISATIONS. This means not only is our core purpose about learning; it is also that we, as an organisation, learn, adapt and listen. As always, please do talk to us about any worries or ideas you have. We know we cannot get it right all of the time, but with constructive and supportive feedback from you, we will continue to strive to be the best we can.
It was lovely to chat with families at the gates and to hear how you have valued what the staff have done. I have fed this back to the teams as it is really appreciated. It is also good to hear that families feel that communication has been good. We strive to have honest and clear communication that supports us all to work together. Please do feedback if you have ideas etc.
I'll end by saying thank you to you and your children for making this first 'normal' week back in your school so successful. A weekend well-deserved.