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

What a wonderful week this has been – our first week of the Summer Term, full of smiley faces, it’s always a pleasure to be back together, refreshed after a holiday. And, as spring really blossoms, all of this is bathed in the wonderful light of sunny days and blue skies – it’s still a little cold, but what a difference that sunshine makes! But even as we are bathed in the warmth of springtime, it’s inevitable that some of us will be feeling a little apprehensive – for here we are, once again, going out into the unknown. Our shops are opening up, and many of the restrictions of the last few months are being lifted. In many ways, it’s a little like what the Disciples must have been feeling at this time as they too faced a new and, unknown world. A world where their friend and leader had just left them, and where they were tasked with going out and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.

But what we also know from experience, is that our lives are constantly faced with troubles – things of all sizes that can fill us with fear, anxiety, even dread – and, whilst it can sometimes seem at the time that those problems are insurmountable, somehow, we do find a way. We all possess a power, a force, an energy, because we are all united in God’s name. When God blessed us with the Holy Spirit, He wasn’t burdening us with fear, rather He was blessing us with the power, love and self-control that guides each one of us through everything. It’s easy to feel God’s love when we’re in moments of joy – at a friend’s party, at a wedding, at a performance – but let us not forget, that that power is there at all times, we may need to dig a little deeper, and pray a little harder, but Our Lord is there, filling us with His love, that we can not only survive the hard times, but also go out into the world, refreshed and renewed, and continue to spread God’s love to all.

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

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