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Weekly email - Friday 22nd January

Dear Parents and Carers,


Thank you so much for your feedback about our remote learning offer.  Staff wanted to pass on their thanks for the lovely comments of support that parents are sending to them. 


These many comments include:


"Thanks for all of the hard work that went to putting this offer together in the first place, it has been a real lifeline at times."


"Thanks so much for your hard work. I completely appreciate this must be a hugely difficult time for you. Hang on in there, everyone has done so well and hopefully this will be a distant memory soon."


"I wanted to congratulate you and the team for the organisation behind the home schooling plan."


"We feel well connected to the school and teachers at this time, with a variety of tasks, subjects and levels. The contact between children and teachers is immensely helpful as my children 'own' their learning a little more and receive the feedback directly. It makes such a difference to their motivation and positivity."


"We just wanted to say thank you to you and all of the staff for the home learning that has been offered this week’….’ starting the day with live registration is brilliant."


"So all in all, a big thank you for everything you are doing to make this the best experience possible."


The senior team met this week to discuss some ideas and points raised by parents and have shared these with staff. As I am sure you are aware, staff are working incredibly hard in very difficult circumstances but I can assure you that they are adjusting as they go and as they become more even familiar with teaching remotely.


Lateral Flow tests for staff


You may have seen in the press that regular lateral flow testing of primary school staff should commence next week. I just wanted to let you know that we are ready for this and hope that this in some way will prepare us for the wider reopening of schools when this is allowed.


Marking and feedback


Thank you to everyone submitting work on Google Classroom. We understand that you are all getting used to the technology too so that for some this is a challenge. If you need support with submitting work please contact us so we can help.


To confirm there are 3 pieces of work each week which will receive more detailed feedback. All other work is seen by the teacher and they respond to this as regularly as possible.


Please submit all work so that teachers can track how your child is getting along and offer support and praise for their engagement and hard work.




Thank you to all of the parents who have contacted us with a request for additional devices at home to allow even better access to remote learning for their children. We will be in touch next week about this.




There are lots of resources and ideas about how we can protect our mental health and wellbeing including on the NHS website here.


Every Mind Matters | One You (


Also attached are the weekly newsletters from children and parents from Bucks MIND. The focus this week is on brain breaks and downtime.

The Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

Our next Eco campaign focuses on biodiversity and how we can encourage wildlife to our school grounds and our local area.  As part of this campaign, we will be taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch at the end of January. We would love as many children to get involved as possible. Here is how you can join in the fun!

1. Pick a time to spend an hour bird watching, from your window or in the garden. This can be anytime between the 29th and 31st January, morning or night!
2. Count the birds that you see, ignoring any that are in flight. Use the bird ID sheet attached to help you. To avoid double counting, just record the highest number of the bird species that you see at one time, not a running total.
3. Use the form attached and post your results to the address given or go to the website and record your results there.

Have fun bird watching! Mrs Coleman
Gerrards Cross Community Kitchen 
Details of the Gerrards Cross Community Association Community Cooks service are given here in case you know of anyone who might benefit from this meal service.