Easter Update

3rd April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

What would have been the end of Spring Term has arrived. I am sure you will all agree that this has been one of the most challenging terms that any of us have experienced in and outside of school. In a very short space of time pupils, parents, carers, teachers and support staff have had to adapt to a completely different way of teaching and learning. I would like to thank you all for your support in helping your children continue to progress in a new way of learning at home and we hope that you have found a new routine to your daily lives. Through a data analysis of our virtual learning environment (Moodle) we can see the huge amount of work that pupils and staff have completed in a relatively short space of time. An indication of the amount of remote learning is shown below:

This is for the full month in March, but what it does show is that pupils are engaging in learning and collectively contribute to half a million ‘page views’, well done everyone! The large number of supportive messages we have received from parents and carers has been overwhelming, encouraging and very much appreciated.

The Easter holidays start next week and we strongly recommend that pupils, parents and carers take a break, where possible. It is important that you and your children take time to relax and unwind during what would have been the Easter break. You know your children best in terms of how to achieve a healthy work life balance. We understand that parents and carers are facing all sorts of challenges at this time, so focusing on as near normal an Easter break as is possible will help you to support your children’s learning when the break is over. Whilst we endeavour to ensure that there is work available for pupils to access online should they want to, there is no requirement for pupils to complete work during the fortnight and online access to teaching staff will be limited. However, should you urgently need to contact the school during the Easter holiday then please contact the school office and someone will be available to help you. The school will remain open as an Emergency Childcare Setting for the Pontarddulais Cluster Schools, a separate letter will be sent out to all parents giving more detail later today.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone for your continued support during these most difficult and changing times. I wish you and your families a safe, healthy and restful Easter break. We all have a part to play and we can all make a difference by following the government advice; stay home, protect the NHS, save lives. Your ongoing support is valued more than ever and we look forward to the day where life and school can return to normal, in the meantime please keep safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. G. Rees