No 185

19 June 2020

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Firstly, my weekly message to the children,

Our theme this week comes from Jesus’ challenge to us to work for peace. I think it’s more than just being peaceful, although that’s quite a useful skill to practise too. In school, plenty of the children were able to describe how they find peace for themselves. It was really encouraging – knowing how to unwind and relax and to be still must surely help in these challenging times. But I can’t help but think that Jesus wanted more for us than just to be calm.

He wants us to be peacemakers – that is, to bring peace to others. To make the world a better place for all of us. I think it’s got something to do with being determined to change situations and make them better, to build strong and loving relationships between one another, to show one another respect and to be determined to understand one another. Elsewhere in the Bible, is one of my favourite verses, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” I think that’s really hard to do, but it’s worth working at!

Perhaps you can think of situations where you can bring peace – perhaps in your Bubble at school as you learn to get along with new friends, perhaps at home in the way that you speak to your parents, perhaps in the way that you look after your brother’s toys, or the way that you solve disagreements with your sister. Perhaps in the ways that you try to be kind.

One of my favourite picture books that I’ve found wisdom in during lockdown is “The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse.” I noticed this week that one of the pages has the mole saying, “I’m so small.” And then the boy answers, “Yes, but you can make a huge difference.” I think that can be true for all of us. Let’s make a huge difference as we work together for peace.




And now to our parents and carers:

I hope that you’ve had a good week, despite the rain! We’ve still made the most of the outdoors in school as I’m sure you have at home too. Next week with temperatures set to rise again, make sure you remember to apply suncream and children should bring in hats and water bottles.

With no news yet from the government about their plans for opening schools fully in September, we’re working hard to ensure that we’ll be ready to put things in place for Plan A, B, C or D! If you’re someone who is looking for child care over the summer break, I’m able to signpost you to some holiday play-schemes. Camp Beaumont is running summer schools at the RGS, and SCL are planning similar provision at Bushy Hill. We’re not able to open as we have building work at both sites.

I hope that you spotted on our website the inspiring film that Geraldine, our school librarian has put together in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s titled Empathy – something that we are always keen to teach one another, as we work to encourage the children to show respect for all. Do take a look; it might provide you with some good ideas of book titles that would help encourage your child to celebrate diversity and say no to inequality. It’s also just really uplifting and worth watching!

Remember that on Monday 29th June, school will be closed for the Midsummer Holiday. In school on Friday 26th, we’ll be having a “Bubble Fluffy” – the children will be choosing from some different activities all taking place within their bubble, and they can wear mufti (home clothes) on that day. There’ll be lots of ideas on our home-learning pages too. Why not ask your child what Fluffy choices they’d like to make? Den-building, scrap-book journaling, nature photography, junk modelling….the choice is theirs (and yours!).

There will also be lots of sporty ideas too with our Virtual Sports Week – I wonder which class will accumulate the most points. Good luck everyone!

With love,

Clare

Thought of the week: “Bee peacemakers.” How can you bring peace today? “Blessed are those who work for peace, for they will be called God’s children,” Matthew 5, v9.

Date for your diary

Midsummer holiday Monday 29th June. School will be closed for all year groups including key worker bubbles to allow teachers time to write their annual reports.

Friday Fun - is now available on this week's JTLYK page.

Virtual Sports Week
We are excited about Virtual Sports Week that starts on Monday and runs every day until Friday. Please see the Sports Portal for information.

Results can be submitted online everyday to Laura. This is an individual effort and class effort as there will be an overall 'Sportiest Class' winner.

We look forward to seeing and hearing all about how you get on - please send in photos and videos that we can tweet.


Free Piano
A free piano is on offer. It’s old, but in good working order. Pick up and delivery would need to be arranged. Please text Charlotte Houghton on 07796 956331 if interested.