Letter from the Acting Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Carers, Staff and Governors,

I wanted to say thank you to you all once more for this Summer term.

I remember standing in the middle of the empty playground early on the morning of the 20th April. It was my first day of Acting Headship and I was expecting to see 3 teachers and 8 pupils at school. I took a photo of the school and posted it on Twitter, and stopped to think how different this term would be.

There have been wonderful days since that day, but there have also been challenging days. It has been the most extraordinary school term anyone of us have ever experienced. Although I spent most days missing the many smiles of the children and adults in the corridors, I was happy to know that our pupils were safe and learning either at home or school.

Now 59 school days later, I’m proud of the achievements of our whole school community. I’m grateful for the kindness and the patience of people. I’m grateful for the support. It has been a time in everyone’s lifetime that we will never forget, but for me it has been a real journey of finding my feet in a familiar place that all of a sudden felt very unfamiliar.

I could not have done any of this without the support of every parent, carer, teacher, office staff, LSA, caretaker and governor that belongs to this community.

Yesterday I hosted the last Whole School assembly of the year and I shared some of the highlights of the year. I’m glad so many of you were able to join me. I heard there were tears from our Year 6s and waves from our Reception children. I’m so happy I was able to share the best memories of this unforgettable year with all of you.

We all deserve a restful summer holiday, but I’m also looking forward to September, as I can’t wait to reconnect with every single person in our community.

In the meanwhile, please take a look at the information on our website about the full opening in September and the transition material, as they will prepare you and your child for the Autumn term.

Lastly, I would love to say thank you to every single one of you, for supporting me to do my job the best way I could. Take care, stay safe and look forward to seeing you on the 7th September.

Yours sincerely,

Mona Paalanen

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