Following the re-opening of school after half term and with so many of our Year 6 children back on the school site, I am keen to share with you a flavour of the ‘first few days back’ for our pupils, both day and boarding.
On the first morning, once initial welcomes and presentations from members of the school’s senior management team were completed, the children were allocated ‘pods’ to join – each pod was named after a continent – and embarked on their lessons for the day, each with their own teacher present to assist them.
Breaks and the lunchtime periods are spent out of doors on the big field, with the children confined to their specific continent shaped area and restricted from crossing oceans and seas. Some children sat and chatted under the gazebo shades, whilst others enjoyed running around and being happily boisterous once again, whilst all adhering to the social distancing rule. Further lessons were held in the afternoon and the various pods enjoyed PE lessons with Mr Sutherland, Art and DT sessions or Forest School with Mrs Hunt.
It was wonderful to see the children enjoying each other’s company and to witness the excited conversations that take place, despite the rules of social distancing. I am grateful to them all for showing such understanding and maturity in coping with these new regulations.
Whilst we are all delighted to have Year 6 back in school, our thoughts are never far away from all of our other pupils in the other year groups. We still continue to work exceptionally hard with our DeanClose@home, remote learning programme for all other pupils and we are hopeful that we can all safely come together again before the end of this term, government regulations permitting.