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Weekly Update - 7th May 2020

Dear Parents/carers and families,

I do hope that as we go into the long weekend that you are all safe and well. The weekend will no doubt bring us news and as soon as I have any information that relates to the reopening of Red Kite then I will be in touch. The Trust are keen that both schools are consistent in their approaches and we will ensure that your views are heard and listened to.

The Rainbow pictures that have been sent in are amazing – please do send any up until Sunday 10thMay and I will complete the video of us all! Next week is on the theme of ‘Let’s Make Believe’ so get creative!

I have had many lovey messages following the newsletters I write each week and I am so very grateful for your support. Thank you.

Finally; I came across this and I believe fully in the message in it;

This weekend marks 6 full weeks since our country went into lockdown. 

You have had your children home for the same time now that you would if they were on summer holidays. 

You have protected, nourished, educated, supported and entertained your children during a period of national and international uncertainty and fear. You have experienced emotions for yourself and your family that you never knew existed, never mind experienced before. 

Six weeks is a long time.

Think about how you feel at the end of the summer holidays, how ready you are for routine, how badly your house needs cleaned from children home, how much work you are ready to catch up on. Remember that exhausting feeling of having so little sleep, much less money and hearing ‘mummy/daddy’ every time you happen to sit down. 

And you wonder why you are exhausted after six weeks of lockdown?

You are amazing! You have achieved something no other parent ever has! You have faced six weeks unable to take your child or children anywhere, six weeks of no parks, holidays to break up the boredom, no day trips, no family to help. On top of that you have juggled work demands, loneliness on a level never experienced before, information overload from the internet and emotional turmoil of not being able to see people you hold dear. Even getting food to eat or toilet roll has been a major drama! 

So it’s ok to feel drained. It’s ok to feel like you would sell your soul right now for five minutes alone. It’s ok to feel uninspired about another day of ‘home schooling’, another day of never ending laundry and cooking. 

It’s ok to be so very tired.

Six weeks is a long time.

But you have made it. 

Be proud of yourself. Stand tall. 

History will show you for your courage, your children will remember this period as a time knowing they were safe and loved and teachers everywhere are deeply grateful that you are there for your children when they should be but can’t be. 

In short: you are AMAZING!

And so are your children.


So, enjoy the weekend, stay safe and stay home and I will be in touch again next week.

All the best to you all,

Donna Luck

Head Teacher