All are welcome here to walk with Jesus as we love, learn and flourish.

As we come to the end of our first week in December, it’s inevitable that we will be feeling that things are getting a little busy. Even in these strange times, our preparations for the end of the year are certainly no less. There are still parties and gatherings (carefully arranged, of course), we have rooms to decorate and plans to make. This year we are probably posting more cards and sending more messages – little touches to make sure our loved ones are kept close, no matter how far away they are. As we come to the end of each day, it’s no wonder we sit down feeling a little bit more tired than usual, so it’s fitting that this Sunday we light our second Advent candle – the candle of peace.  Peace is an important part of the Christmas message, indeed, in the Gospel of Luke, we hear that the Angels came to the Shepherds with that very message, but, as we sit down for a few minutes before bed, peace can seem far from our hearts.

So, this weekend, perhaps we can take the time to reflect on God’s message of peace – for the peace of God works in many ways. Firstly, He gives us peace in our hearts so that, secure in the knowledge that God will heal all, we can rest at the end of each weary day. Secondly, the peace of God grants us peace with others, so that we can see each other through Heaven’s eyes. No matter what our differences, we are all loved by God, and now is the time for us to make peace with one another. And finally, God’s peace grants us the knowledge that no matter how scary our lives may seem, God will be there to carry us through.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV)

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 

 

Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead