Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents,

As another week of lockdown passes, my thanks again go to the staff for keeping in contact as much as possible and also to you for all your lovely messages of support. Today would have been a special day in school, celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We are unable to mark the occasion as we would have liked, but we have prepared a special VE Day message for you, which is published on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

Of course the question from many of you is when will we be back? We are in the dark as much as anyone as to when this will be and what being back will look like, given the requirements of social distancing. We hope there will be some clarity on Sunday.

Many thanks for all your positive comments regarding the targets we sent out to you. The government has said that due to school closure and the suspension of the usual assessments, schools do not need to write full reports this year. The assessment information we hold only goes up to the point at which we closed in March and the written targets we have sent are valid from that time.

I spoke to Reverend Tony from All Saints’ Church and he wants to say hi and send his best wishes to us all. For those that are interested there are livestream services on YouTube – please follow the link to Writtle, Highwood and Roxwell Churches.

I know many of you strive to balance the amount of time children spend on and off screens. This is of course particularly difficult right now, when home learning requires a fair bit of screen use and it may also be the children’s leisure activity of choice! I have mentioned our school’s online safety guidance before, but we have updated our list of e-safety resources, below, to include further recommendations from Essex County Council.

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend.
Helen Castell