Linthwaite Ardron CE (VA) Junior and Infant School

'Through Christian values we support, help, inspire, nurture and encourage all individuals to SHINE and reach their potential'

Church Ln, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5TA

01484 845544

office.linthardron@kirkleeseducation.uk

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Parents help and Guidance

 

Daily updates to parents

 

22.05.20

 

Good afternoon all! 

 
Well, from the heatwave of earlier this week and the snows of a fortnight ago,we now have dark skies and blustery winds, typical as we start a bank holiday weekend (although, to be honest the last few of these have been rather unusual in lots of ways haven't they?)
 
At school today, we have been singing the new songs Mrs Travis has tasked us with and Miss Dunford, our very own qualified dance teacher, has been devising some choreography to go with them. Why don't you have a go too, it was lots of fun thinking of our own moves to go with the words!
 
Today we have also been thinking how we can all make the world a kinder place and came up with our very own Linthwaite Ardron 'Two Hour Rule' which is; 
* you should try and make someone smile at least every two hours
* you should expect nothing back, because then you feel the kindness more when you receive it
* you should try and put a smile on your face, for you and others
* and lastly, know it is okay to have bad days we all have them
 
Our quote today comes from Nelson Mandela and is, 'The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing but in rising every time we fail'. Have a great bank holiday weekend.
 
The team at Linthwaite Ardron
 

 

21.05.20

 

Good afternoon everyone!

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and so, in today’s daily update, I am sharing some of Yorkshire Children's Centre's  free resources,  easily accessible from home and which focus on the mental health and wellbeing of children. The link to these free resources is at the top of this COVID19 page in the 'Parents Help and Guidance' section above.

One of the scenarios Yorkshire Children’s Centre have recently introduced is the Safety Rangers, which some of you may be familiar with through our Home Learning page activities, and which is an interactive workshop based on emotional health & wellbeing, how to build resilience and the different coping mechanisms. This scenario is delivered by specialist staff from Northorpe Hall and South & West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust. Together they are working in partnership through Thriving Kirklees to continue providing this resource remotely for children to access safely from home.

As this is a really challenging time for families, for a whole host of reasons, some of the support methods I have included may be beneficial to you, with children of whatever age. I hope this is of use; next week I will be sending out a ‘General Home Safety Activity Pack’ which covers the top causes of childhood accidents in the home and how to prevent these.

With best wishes from the Team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

20.05.20

 

Well, what a glorious day everyone

And in the spirit of this warm sunny Spring day, as I look out from my office at the birds and flowers outside, we have been thinking of some words of wisdom to share with you all out there in these strange times.

Today’s quote is donated by Mrs Morris, and is from Muhammad Ali who once said, “Don’t count the days, make the days count”, which I think is most pertinent at the moment, as is my Maya Angelou saying, “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”.

If any of you have any favourite inspirational sayings or quotes to keep everyone’s spirits up and make us smile then please do send them in! We will try and display a new one on the front door of school every day for those of you who are visitors to our outdoor library. 

So, make the most of this gorgeous weather, but please remember to keep safe in the sun too; if your child is currently attending school, please don’t forget that sun tan lotion, your water bottle and sun hat are all essential on days like today.

With best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

19.05.20

 

Good afternoon everybody!

We hope that today sees lots of you keeping busy cooking, playing, laughing and exercising around Linthwaite.

Last week would have been SATs week for our Year Six pupils (I know, I can hear them sobbing in regret as I type this) and so, in order not to deprive them of a test, some more challenging ‘mastery level’ maths (not all of them serious!) have been added to our home learning pages going forward, for our ‘eager for more’ mathematicians to try. Find it via a highlighted link that says, ‘Click here for some fun maths busters’. On the Year Six home learning page, click the EXTENSION that is under the link to the day’s maths lesson, where you can access a SATs reasoning question.

Parents, why not see if you have what it takes to tackle some of our Year Six maths and, having taught Year Five for the past few months, I know that lots of you are also more than capable of having a go too!

Tomorrow is promising to be the hottest day so far this year too, so don’t forget that sun tan lotion (fingers crossed!)

Ms Starrett and the team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

 

 

18.05.20

Dear parents and carers, 
I apologise in advance for the long email but I feel it is important for you to be informed as possible about our possible reopening of school on June 1st.

Following the Prime minister’s announcement that school will start to reopen with pupils of Reception, Y1 and Y6 on June 1st we have received some additional guidance about how we should manage our school setting during this time. As usual, I will continue to update you regularly about the school’s position and plan to move forward. Our school staff and governors have carefully being considering the implications of the proposal and are starting to consider what additions we need to make to our existing risk assessment to ensure that keeping staff and children safe from infection is our primary aim.

If it is deemed safe, and we do open in just over 2 weeks, it is clear that the children will need to be grouped into no more than 15 and there must be no contact between each group in the building, in the playground or at lunchtime. As I’m sure you will understand even with a group as small as 15 this will be difficult to ensure that all children socially distance themselves at all times. In justifying this return the government have said ‘there is moderately high scientific confidence in evidence suggesting younger children are less likely to become unwell if affected with Coronavirus’ but this group does not include staff who are much older (and some of us are very old!)

Our primary role will be to risk assess and try to reduce the possibility of infection for your children and school staff as much as possible.

 

In order to manage this return as effectively as possible we are considering many options, including

  • Whether we believe we can safely cater for all the children that are planned to re-enter school on June 1st
  • Phasing the admissions of YR, Y1 and Y6 over a number of weeks
  • Different ways for children to access the school building
  • Staggering our playtimes and lunchtimes
  • Use of consistent adults for each group
  • Removal of much of our classroom equipment
  • Good hygiene rigorously being encouraged with regular hand washing
  • Staggering start and finish times to avoid groups of parents
  • One way systems in place within the school grounds and building
  • Closing the school early one afternoon to allow for thorough cleaning

Lunchtimes will be particularly difficult as we will not be able to accommodate all pupils in the hall as usual.

Of course, school will continue to remain open for children of Key Workers and those children who are eligible for a place on other criteria, whichever year group they are in.

You may be reading this and feeling anxious or concerned over the prospect of sending your child to school in such unusual circumstances. You may feel that you do not wish to send your child into school before the end of the summer holidays. The government has made it clear that there will be no fines for parents who decide that they do not wish their child to return to school just yet. Our school will continue to update our home learning pages and send out our daily messages for all children in all year groups who are at home.

We still have much work to do to plan for re-opening of our school and I will update you as soon as there is more information. I expect this to take place via a letter next Monday. This will be Monday 25th May, which will give staff and governors time to make sure that any plans put in place for reopening have the safety of everyone at the centre. I also hope this gives parents who may be wanting to confirm their own future plans, time to do this too.

Thank you very much for the continued support you’ve already given school at this difficult time. I cannot tell you how much Governors, staff and myself, have appreciated your messages, chocolates and biscuits (but only after a period in quarantine). I know that this is a difficult time for everyone and so your kind acts have truly lifted our spirits. Together, our school community is stronger and more resilient than ever.   

 

I hope that you continue to keep well and stay safe.

 

With very best wishes,

 

 

Jane Travis

Headteacher

 

15.05.20

 

Hello everyone

Any of you fancy being in the Guinness Book of World Records as a world record holder? They are attempting a world record for the highest score achieved in one minute on Times Tables Rock Stars and I know that we have some pretty super mathematicians at Linthwaite Ardron who could challenge the best of them, so why not have a go? The letter and flyer with all the instructions on how to submit your entries will be on the Home Learning pages of the school website by Monday. Good luck!

Also included below is a letter school received today from Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children's Services, to be sent out to all parents in Kirklees. As we stated earlier this week, Linthwaite Ardron is committed to undertaking whatever measures we feel are required to ensure that the safety, health and well-being of its pupils, staff and families comes first in light of schools' planned reopening on June 1st. We shall continue to keep you up to date on a daily basis, via our parental email and app updates, and Mrs Travis will share a more detailed plan with you all on Monday.

In the meantime, enjoy what is promising to be a warm week ahead and please do keep the pictures, messages and plastic bottle 'flowers' coming in, we love to see them!

The Team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

Date: 15th May 2020

 

Dear parent/carer

I hope you and your family are keeping as well as possible at this very difficult time.

I would like to update you on the work taking place between Kirklees Council and schools across the district after the recent government announcement about schools reopening.

As you know, schools have been closed to most pupils since March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the government have now stated that schools across England should prepare for pupils to start returning, possibly from June 1st 2020. This would begin with certain year groups and the government will base their final decision on infection rates around the country.

We are working very closely with schools and I can assure you that safety and wellbeing are the absolute priority. Schools and the local authority were already looking at how to reopen safely before the government made their announcement. This is continuing and, at every step, we are taking advice from experts in Public Health about how to minimise risk.

We are immensely grateful to Kirklees schools for the way they are supporting children, young people and families through the pandemic. At extremely short notice, they launched online learning platforms and began to teach and nurture children in a totally different way. Schools have met tough challenges and have also gone above and beyond in many other respects. Their work has been inspirational, we are proud of them and we value everything they do.

Our schools now face, perhaps, an even bigger challenge. The government’s announcement means that, with the support of the council, they must plan to reopen to certain pupils in a way that keeps children, families and staff as safe as possible.

The government have stated that, at first, primary schools would reopen for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Secondary schools and sixth form colleges would begin some face-to-face contact with pupils in Year 10 and Year 12, but this would supplement their current remote learning. Pupils in Year 10 and Year 12 are not expected to return on a full-time basis at this stage. Schools would also stay open for all children of key workers and children who are classed as vulnerable.

We absolutely understand that you may be very concerned. The government have said they will provide urgent guidance, which is regularly updated, and that each school will be able to manage this process in a way that best suits its needs.

Ultimately, schools will make their own decisions on how to start reopening, first for children in the eligible year groups and then in the future for all pupils. Every school is unique and every school will make its own plans, working alongside the council. The focus is on putting these arrangements in place and we know your school will contact you directly when they can share details. We are talking to schools about how they will support children who are returning, and also how they will support those who can’t return at this time.

The government are encouraging children in the eligible year groups to attend school unless they are self-isolating or there are other reasons for absence (such as shielding due to health conditions). Siblings in other year groups will not be able to attend for the time being, unless they are classed as vulnerable or are the children of key workers.

The latest government advice to schools is to:

  • Carry out a risk assessment before opening to more children - the assessment will directly address risks associated with Covid-19 so that sensible measures can be put in place to minimise risks for children and staff.
  • Make sure pupils do not attend school if they, or a member of their household, have symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Minimise contact by having smaller classes or group sizes and changing the layout of classrooms and other spaces.
  • Reduce the possibility of mixing between groups, such as through staggered break and lunch times and by having staggered drop-off and collection times.
  • Clean more often on frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails, table tops and equipment.
  • Promote regular hand washing for 20 seconds and always aim to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene.

The government have also published guidance for parents and carers and we would encourage you to read this important information.

You can click on this link to see the guidance or you can access it at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-forparents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation for all of us. Schools will need some time to respond to this latest challenge and, together, we are carefully considering every question, every concern and all of the government updates. This includes all aspects of school life. I can assure you that nothing is more important to us than the safety of our children and young people.

Yours sincerely

Mel Meggs

Strategic Director for Children’s Services

1st Floor Civic Centre 3 Market Street HUDDERSFIELD HD1 2EY

Tel: 01484 221000

Email: mel.meggs@kirklees.gov.uk www.kirklees.gov.uk

 

 

14.05.20

 

Good afternoon everybody.

There has been much publicity in the press about reopening schools on June 1st to R, Y1 and Y6 children. Although we fully intend to reopen in some form, on this date, to these children, we are still awaiting further government and LA guidance about exactly how this should and could happen. Once this is received, Linthwaite Ardron will then adapt its current personalised plan to fully ensure that the safety of children, staff and parents/carers remains our primary concern and priority.

As you know, the well-being and safety of our school community is always put first and should we have to deviate from the official government guidance given to us, in order to keep everyone here safe and well, then rest assured we will do so. We have done this before and we will do it again, should additional protection and safety measures be deemed necessary by the Linthwaite Ardon team. However, until we receive further information, it would not be in the best interests of anybody to publish a plan for reopening that may need to change.

Next Monday, I will send a further update that will be specifically about reopening. In the meantime, the team at Linthwaite Ardron will continue to keep you up to date with any information we receive via the daily messages. 

On another note, if your child is in school at the moment, please can they have their Charanga password at hand (which has been emailed from your child’s teacher) so that they can do their music and singing while they are here. Thank you.

Mrs Travis

 

13.05.20

 

Good evening all

 

Today's message is in the form of a letter to the children, following the government's announcement last Sunday on the re-opening of schools to some year groups.

 

Dear all,

I hope you are well. 

I know that this time away from school has been very strange for you. It has been very strange for all your teachers and myself too. I think even your adults at home will tell you that they have also found it a very peculiar time. But, I have been impressed with the way that you have helped your adults at home and your adults in school to cope.

You have done this by being brave and trying to do your best. I have seen lots of things that you have been getting up to and I have been hearing about you too from Mrs Branigan, Mr Pollitt and Mrs Morris. I need you to keep doing this for a little bit longer, because our Prime Minister says it is the right thing to do and will help us all keep safe and well. 

Our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said that children in our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes will soon be returning to school. I hope that a couple of weeks after this we will be able to welcome more children into school and that before the summer holidays all children will be back in school. But our Prime Minister has some very clever people working for him and they may decide that they have to change this plan. They will only change the plan to make sure that we stay well, and for no other reason. So, if this does happen, please try to be patient about your return to school because the decisions have been made to make sure that we all stay safe. Schools are listening to what the Prime Minister has to say very carefully and we will let you and the adults at home know what the plan will look like for you coming back to school by next week. 

Once we are all back in school we will have something to look forward to, because I am planning a little concert for our adults at home to come and watch. This will probably take place in September but if you can start to learn these songs now that would be a big help: ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ from Lion King, ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman and an extra one for KS2 – ‘So Strong’ by Labi Siffre. I sent links in an email to your adults at home but you might know how to find the words and music yourself. It will help us put a concert together very quickly if you could learn these songs now, plus I've asked your teachers to learn the words too so that they can sing along with you.

I hope that we can all be together soon, 

Lots of love and best wishes from Mrs Travis

 

 

12.05.20

 

Hello everybody!

 

A busy day today, receiving and digesting the first drafts of guidance on how schools can start to prepare for wider opening next month. Naturally, this is a serious undertaking that requires careful planning and preparation so, rather than rushing out a decision immediately, we are making the safety of our children and staff our utmost priority. We will inform you in greater detail about the logistics of this when we are satisfied that we have assessed all risks and put protective measures in place for pupils at Linthwaite Ardron to access education in the classroom as safely as when Home Learning.

 

Secondly, on a more artistic note; we need your help! We would like our children and families to each contribute to a ‘Recycled Rainbow’ art project we will be putting up in school to welcome everyone back to Linthwaite Ardron. It is going to consist of a mural made up of beautiful, colourful flowers made out of empty plastic bottles. Look at the Home Learning page on our website, which shows photographs of examples and gives a step-by-step guide to making the flowers.

 

We would love it if you could make your own flowers to bring in. They are simple to make and look really effective, but don’t worry if you don’t have spare buttons or paint, just donate any empty plastic bottles or unpainted flowers.

 

From tomorrow, there will be a drop-off box outside the front entrance to school, where we will quarantine the flowers, without having contact with anyone from within school. Please make sure bottles are washed before bringing them in. Thank you, we know that they will look just gorgeous when all put together.

 

Many thanks

 

The Team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

11.05.20

Good afternoon all and a warm welcome to you from school today. Well, perhaps it is not technically that warm at all, as after the heatwave at the end of last week it has hailed at school today and snow was spotted above Holmfirth too this morning!

I know that some of you celebrated VE day in varied, socially-distanced enjoyable ways last Friday. As a follower of Linthwaite Community Facebook group, I saw that many local families took part in street parties, hung up bunting, cream teas and played games etc and made the most of the opportunity to celebrate, albeit on a smaller scale.

After the Prime Minister’s announcements last night, we still have no further details, guidance or date for pupils to return to school or which pupils and in which order these may yet be. We receive daily updates from the L.E.A and Gov.uk and, rest assured, as soon as we know more, we shall let you know too! The transcript and recording of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation can be found here:

  https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-10-may-2020

Last week, Mrs Travis sent a link out for some songs we are all hoping to perform when we all eventually get back together as an Ardron school family; staff are also starting to learn the songs this week and Miss Collier, as our resident singing coach, is already humming the tunes and sorting out arrangements for each song. Let’s see if any of you can beat our very own in-house Ariana Grande by learning them first! Plus, I am sure that all your family and friends would welcome a performance to entertain them during Lockdown so you might like to widen up the offer and perform them as a family? After all, the Jacksons and the Osmonds didn’t do badly out of it did they (oh crikey, I have revealed just how ancient I am there, ask your grandparents about them….)

Good luck and enjoy the tunes.

Ms Starrett and the Team at Linthwaite Ardron.

08.05.20

Dear all, 
Happy VE Bank Holiday! 
Well done to Freddie and Arthur for decorating their homes, windows and garden fencing so enthusiastically. I know that more children will have joined in by now but these are the two I have seen, and it certainly made my ride into work very enjoyable this morning.

I have had a few telephone calls today asking about plans for returning to school. So far, no information has been received by school about plans to return. Like you, we are all awaiting news from the Prime Minister on Sunday. After this information has been received we will of course let you know of our plans at Ardron.

I'd also like to ask you a huge favour: Shortly after we fully return to school (whenever that may be) I'd like to  put on a small performance to celebrate us all being back together again. With this in mind I ask if you would encourage your child/children to learn the songs below. I know it's a huge ask on top of what you are already having to manage at home, but if you can open the links for them it would be greatly appreciated. The links will be available in this messages through the app and one the website too. Thank you very much. (Lion King, A Million Dreams and Something So Strong)

EYFS,  KS1 and KS2
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rxgAh1bnHU&safe=true
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=399syDv0bBM&safe=true

KS2 only
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcKoYGNj0BU&safe=true

For the next two weeks Ms Rebecca Starrett will be back in school and holding the fort! Thank you very much for all your positive messages that I've been lucky enough to read whilst I've been in school, and until I'm back in again... I send much love to you and and I hope that you keep yourselves safe. Best wishes, Mrs T

06.05.20

Dear all, 
I hope you're enjoying the lovely weather. It's been lovely to see several butterflies floating around the bushes in front of Mrs Travis' office window. It does seem to be a little hot spot for bugs and birds. 

There has been much speculation in the press about return to school dates and plans for emerging from Lockdown. At this point we can confirm that we have not received any information about either of these subjects, but rest assured that as soon as we do have further guidance we will forward it to you along with our plans for opening the school.

Very best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

05.05.20

Dear all, 

If you have a little time on your hands why not have a look at our re-vamped online safety page on the school website? If you look under the safeguarding tab you will find it. Mr Pollitt has made it much more user friendly and has included links that the children can access straight away. Thank you Mr Pollitt.

I also have some lovely news to pass onto the children. Today I have received a letter from the NHS thanking our children for all their lovely pictures. I've attached the letter so that you can read it to them, but it was certainly a lovely surprise for us all and if they still want to make a picture there is still time.

Don't forget, if you and your children would like a walk then why not pop up to school and choose a library book? There is plenty of choice and if your child doesn't find what you are looking for then please send a message and we will try and ensure that there is a book there suitable for your child.  

Best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

04.05.20

Dear all, 
We hope that you and your families are well. 
It has been lovely to hear from many of the children this week in letters, notes, cards and emails. It has been particularly good to hear that they are learning so many new skills: playing cricket, chess and draughts, litter picking around the village, learning to bake, growing flowers, speaking with friends online,  emailing, learning  to ride a bike, planning a walk with the dog, practising musical instruments and generally enjoying themselves. The children certainly sound to be making the most of it. 

If you do come up to school to collect a reading book or work book please do take time to read some of the messages that have been left for other children on our 'Thankfulness Tree'. The messages are inspirational and certainly brought a tear or two to Mrs Travis' eye! If your child would like to add a message then cut a leaf or a fruit from paper, ask your child to write their message on it and then bring it to school and leave it in the quarantine box. All messages will be put on our tree but it may take a few days as they have to be left in quarantine for a time. 

for your information, I've added a link to the latest government guidance for schools.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers


Very best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

01.05.20

Dear all, 
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Mrs Travis would like to say a big thank you for all the lovely messages she has had today from the children following on from last night's message. 

We know that this is a very difficult time for you and your families. If you have recently become unemployed please consider applying for Free School Meals as we can then give you a £15 supermarket voucher every week in leui of the meals that your child is entitled to when at school.  There is more information on the Kirklees Council website.

Have a lovely weekend and best wishes from the team at Linthwaite Ardron

 

 

 

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A MESSAGE TO THE CHILDREN FROM MRS TRAVIS ABOUT SCHOOL RE-OPENING

13.05.20

Dear all,

I hope you are well. 

I know that this time away from school has been very strange for you. It has been very strange for all your teachers and myself too. I think even your adults at home will tell you that they have also found it a very peculiar time. But, I have been impressed with the way that you have helped your adults at home and your adults in school to cope.

You have done this by being brave and trying to do your best. I have seen lots of things that you have been getting up to and I have been hearing about you too from Mrs Branigan, Mr Pollitt and Mrs Morris. I need you to keep doing this for a little bit longer, because our Prime Minister says it is the right thing to do and will help us all keep safe and well. 

Our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said that children in our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes will soon be returning to school. I hope that a couple of weeks after this we will be able to welcome more children into school and that before the summer holidays all children will be back in school. But our Prime Minister has some very clever people working for him and they may decide that they have to change this plan. They will only change the plan to make sure that we stay well, and for no other reason. So, if this does happen, please try to be patient about your return to school because the decisions have been made to make sure that we all stay safe. Schools are listening to what the Prime Minister has to say very carefully and we will let you and the adults at home know what the plan will look like for you coming back to school by next week.  

Once we are all back in school we will have something to look forward to, because I am planning a little concert for our adults at home to come and watch. This will probably take place in September but if you can start to learn these songs now that would be a big help: ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ from Lion King, ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman and an extra one for KS2 – ‘So Strong’ by Labi Siffre. I sent links in an email to your adults at home but you might know how to find the words and music yourself. It will help us put a concert together very quickly if you could learn these songs now, plus I've asked your teachers to learn the words too so that they can sing along with you.

I hope that we can all be together soon,

Lots of love and best wishes from Mrs Travis

 

EASTER MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

03.04.20

Dear Parents

The last few weeks have been a challenging time for everyone, but all the school staff have kept our children going with lots of learning and fun activities and have also looked after our children whose parents are key workers. We have had daily updates from school, a letter to the children, which was lovely and phone calls to see how all the children are doing.

I have received lots of comments from parents about how supported they and their children feel, which is testimony to the community ethos of our school.

I also think, that although this situation has been thrust upon us, and is one we would not have chosen, the way in which many of us spend our time over the next few weeks can help us to evaluate what is really important. People are spending more quality time with their immediate family, having daily virtual conversations with family members and friends, getting to know and supporting neighbours, thinking about how they can support their community, delivering small acts of kindness and generally leading a different type of life. I do realise that this is not true of everyone and that for some people their life has got much more complicated.

Personally, I am enjoying the go-noodle mindfulness videos and dance routines, playing swing-ball and table football and even baking bread!

As we move towards Easter, I hope that you will all get some time with your family, have fun and eat plenty of chocolate!

On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter and to send our thanks to all those who are keeping our children and their parents safe.

 

Best Wishes

Rachel Stirling

Chair of Governors

 

EASTER MESSAGE FROM FATHER PAUL
Dear Friends

Lots of people around the world are worried about how the virus is making people ill and affecting our daily lives. I know you might be worried too, so I’d like to share a story with you which I like to hear again and again when things get difficult and I need some encouragement.

Many years ago, between 1342 and 1416, there was a woman called Julian who lived in Norwich. Life was hard for Julian and for everyone in those days. But Julian was a Christian and her faith in God helped her to have hope and be strong when things became difficult. In fact, her faith was so strong that eventually many people came to hear about Julian and they came to Norwich to see and speak with her. By this time Julian had become an anchorite which is a name given to those people to live on their own, usually in a little house or a cave, so they can listen to God in prayer without any distractions. Julian would speak to everyone who came to see her and pray with them. People came with all kinds of worries and problems but after listening to Julian many of them felt better. God had shown Julian special things in dreams and visions which spoke of his love for human beings, for the animals and all things, and she would share these special messages from God with those who came to see her.

In one special vision God showed Julian a small hazelnut laying in the palm of his hand. She looked at it and wondered what it might mean. God said to Julian, “It is all that I have made - the world, the universe and everything in it.” Julian was amazed - the hazelnut looked so small and fragile, as if it could disappear into nothingness. But then God told Julian “It lasts and always will, for I love it and all things have their beginning in my love.” Because of this vision, Julian came to know three things which would always be true. The first is that God made everyone and everything. The second, that God loves everyone and everything. And the third, that God keeps everything he loves in the palm of his hand so that it may never be lost, even those who die are not lost to God.

So whenever I get worried and upset and wonder what’s going to happen, I remember Julian and the hazelnut in the palm of God’s hand. I remember that whatever happens God will always love me and everyone else he has created. It doesn’t matter how small our worries are - they can be as small as a hazelnut - God will always want to hear about them - that’s why we need to say our prayers often. So in this time of worry, remember that God made us all and loves us and that we will always be in God’s keeping, in the palm of his hand.

Your friend and priestess that I announce that our lovely school is now closed. We are open as a safe place for Key Workers to leave their children when they are at work. I am incredibly proud how our school community is supporting each other in these very strange times and I look forward to the day when we can once again throw open our doors and welcome back our fun-loving, enthusiastic and amazing children.

For now look after yourselves and your loved ones the best you can.

Best wishes, 

The Revd Dr Paul Witts
Priest in Charge
St Barnabas Crosland Moor & Christ Church Linthwaite
with St Luke Milnsbridge