Our Year 3 children and families not knowing what life at CJS is actually like, no clubs, sports events, book fairs, special person events, coffee mornings, themed days or charity events.
Our Year 4’s, 5 and 6 families holding onto the memories that once were, as well as the friendships they have formed only to have the strength of them tested when lockdowns were enforced.
Parents and families facing the challenges of juggling their own work and family priorities with the ever-changing guidance around schools, are they in, are they out? Am I doing enough home learning? Am I coping? Am I doing it right? Am I making things worse? What’s the log-ins? The juggle and the worries…as parents, grandparents, we’ve all been through it…we’re all in this together.
The staff, our amazing staff; working behind the scenes, teaching classes as well as providing online learning, the marking and planning. BUT also, their families and learning to juggle it all. It’s been hard. Our cleaning team, putting in hour after hour to ensure everyone is kept safe.
What has been difficult has been the lateness in which we receive the information regarding lockdown’s and bubbles closing – this in turn means sharing news with families in an often-last minute way. Behind the scenes the hours spent on the phone to Public Health England – Mrs Raine has been a star. We do recognise the implications for families and for staff, many of whom have been visibly upset. Indeed, many of us have juggled the ever-changing situations with young families.
Everyone in the world has been affected by Covid over the last year and a half, we have all been put under immense pressure, we have lost loved ones and needed to put on a brave face for other loved ones. Our jobs have changed so much, in fact, many of our jobs are no longer the ones we are employed to do, but we have all needed to adapt; cleaner, shop assistant, teacher, bus driver, plumber, deliver driver…all of us, we are all part of this.
The hardest part has certainly been closing bubble’s – yesterday we needed to close one of our Year 3 classes, with only a few minutes notice they said their goodbyes and left, when they return they will be Year 4 children robbed of Year 3. It broke our hearts too.
September is going to be the start of a year where we rise up. A year where we will show our Year 3, 4 and 5 children what life at CJS is really like, as well as let our Year 6 children bring old memories back to life.
Together, we’ve got this – have an amazing summer break, we hope to see you all in September.
Mr Dixon and CJS Team