Dear Parents and Students,
My last letter of 2020, a year that most of us will be glad to see behind us I am sure. While many of the things we regularly love to see during this term from main school productions, Christmas concerts and nativity plays have sadly been put on hold, where possible we have endeavoured to do remote events which have added some normality to our term even if a little different. At Boorley Park during my last visit I heard the children practicing Christmas songs and I know at Wildern a remote concert is being planned with rehearsals under way. While our world may be far from normal we are continuing to add some sparkle in the build up to Christmas. It is lovely to see the Christmas trees being decorated at Boorley Park with the students’ own home made decorations, very impressive especially the purple dragon. Our thanks to all of the kind companies who have donated trees to both our schools, more than one.
From my perspective the energy we gain from the students in school has been welcome and when walking around both schools the children’s world continues to move forward with productive learning across all phases. For some of our students we know this has been sadly interrupted with periods of isolation, but we are thankful that unlike many local schools we have had very few identified cases of Covid. Remote learning, while far from ideal, has supported those youngsters affected and my thanks must go to all colleagues who while delivering in class lessons are also setting work for students at home. I am sure all our staff and students would agree they have learnt even more new IT skills over the last ten months.
These continue to be anxious times for all of us, students, staff and parents as we manage learning and work combined with the worry for our own families. The supportive culture across both schools has been amazing and my thanks to everyone for their unfailing commitment, positive feedback and general ‘let’s get on with it attitude’. Community spirit in such times is undoubtedly at its best. I am, like all of us, looking forward to the day I can walk around each school without a mask and send a smile to staff and students that can be seen.
If you have driven down Woodhouse Lane recently you will see that the new school, Deer Park, is developing at pace. Our regular meetings confirm that the project remains on track for completion this summer with our first cohort of children starting in September 2021. Much work is going on behind the scenes in preparation for that, with recruitment of key staff in between deciding on furniture, new equipment and colour schemes. I will look forward to sharing more details in the New Year when we also hope to launch the new website and social media updates.
For now, as we move into the final weeks of the term, I would like to thank you as always for your support and I wish you all a restful and safe Christmas with your families.
Miss M L Litton