Dear Parents & Pupils,
I hope you had a pleasant Easter despite the circumstances – I know we were most fortunate with the weather. I continue to live out of a campervan on my drive due to the need to ‘shield’ myself for 12 weeks. Ironically, the peace and solitude are most welcome but I do miss not being able to interact fully with the family such as hugs etc.
I appreciate you are all having to deal with similar issues being apart from family and friends and I can fully empathise. As a school, we continue to work hard to strive to bring you the best educational experience, no matter the age or stage or setting, in these challenging circumstances.
Although the school campus is closed, the education programme continues. We know that nothing can replace actually being in school, and being taught and cared for in person, but we hope that, through our Online Teaching and Learning Programme, our children will continue to love learning and be challenged.
We are currently in such unusual and unprecedented times, which can be extremely unsettling for our children. As well as prioritising their physical health as we remain at home, we also need to be looking after their mental health and wellbeing, keeping a sense of normality and daily routine, whilst providing opportunities for them to flourish.
The coming weeks will undoubtedly contain many new challenges, but we are sure that, by working together as a school community, our children will have structure, as well as the time to be creative and pursue more open-ended activities, maintaining a happy balance between academic work and play.
I am grateful to parents for all the messages of support for everyone working at Akeley Wood School.