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COVID-19 - Contingency Work

These pages were last updated by Mr R Smith on Wednesday 22nd July 2020

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Principal's Letter to Parents - Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Dear Ogbourne Parents and Children,                                                                                                                                               New Today!

Today is the last day of the school year and for all of us at Ogbourne, like many other schools around the world, it is has been a most unusual year. Today some of our Yr.R-1 children are still shielding at home, some from Yr.2-5 did not even get the opportunity to return to school, and all our Yr.6 children are now preparing to leave primary school for the very last time.

Usually, at this time of year I would be writing to you all with the usual beatitudes and honorifics of "great progress", "amazing pupil results", "enjoy a well-earned rest", etc. etc. etc. However, this year such comments don't seem... well, they just don't seem enough. A little too trite. Too meaningless. Superficial.

Here we are at the end of a year like no other. One we could not have anticipated. One which we could not have prepared for. One that, certainly I, have never experienced anything like and, I'm sure, nor have you. But a year, nonetheless, that has had many distinctive moments for all of us. From new staff and students joining us in September, fresh-faced and enthusiastic, to our Nativity, our school Pantomime, our trip to "@Bristol", and our Willows residential at Braeside. Then our abrupt closure in March; the empty classrooms, the occasional child's voice echoing in the corridors. Through to the slow but steady return of familiar faces and familiar laughter. And today, Yr.6 having a long overdue whale of a time with a water fight on the field, and some confused Yr.1's during Worship singing "Sing Lasagne, Sing Lasagne, Sing Lasagne to the king of kings" (they honestly thought those were the real words and that we were gathering to sing our collective praises to Italian cuisine).

Bearing all that, and so much more, in mind, I'm not really sure how to say thank you. But I'll try:

Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you for your resilience. Thank you for helping your child to participate in our online lessons. Thank you, in fact, for trusting us to look after your children when you and they were at your most vulnerable. Thank you for wearing huge smiles even when you were worried and tired and not sure how much longer you could juggle working from home and home schooling. Thank you for understanding that “progress and achievement” whilst always of the utmost importance to us, are not as important as our letting the children go out and talk and play more than normal quite simply because they need to talk and play. Thank you for letting the children at home talk via Teams and rebuild their friendships. Thank you for not getting too confused by the rota system in the newly carved up playground. Thank you for waiting patiently at the gates during drop-off and pick-up, and thank you for trying to social distance whilst you waited. Thank you for not panicking that the Yr.1 girls had to overcome their fears about using the boys toilets (even though they're apparently "haunted"). Thank you for anticipating that, come September, for many of our pupils who will not have not been in school for over 6 months, we will have to build up their confidence and trust from square one. Thank you to our new parents for going to the park to meet our Yr.R teacher because you couldn't do so in school. Thank you for smiling and chatting to us at the school when you could see that we were close to the edge. Thank you to your families who found themselves joining your home-schooling team. Thank you for letting me gently prod your child in the forehead with my thermometer just to share that clear message that everyone coming into school is healthy. Thank you for supporting each other and sharing minor frustrations and letting off a little steam via What’s App but then just car-parking those frustrations because, hey, you were tired and this pandemic is fairly exhausting. Thank you for... thank you for… and thank you for...

Yes, on one or two days it may have been a bit rough around the edges at times but on others it’s been smile-inducingly, sock-wobblingly, give-other-local-primaries-a-darn-good-run-for-their-money good.

Best wishes to Miss Mason and Mrs Buchanan, who have moved onto pastures new. Likewise, best wishes and thank you to Mr Colin Jeffery who has been a school governor for more years than he cares to admit. Congratulations to Mrs Ramsden and Mr Ashbee-Dobbins for passing their NQT year – under the circumstances, truly remarkable achievements. Thank you to Mrs Hawkins for joining us part way through the year to cover maternity leave; we look forward to seeing you again in Terms 1-2. We also look forward to welcoming Mrs Paish (Admin') and Mrs Grainger (Finance) join us as part of the front office team as of September.

(n.b. this letter has not been overly objective; if you’re looking for all the how, why and when information, please revisit Principal’s Letter 7th July (just scroll down a little) – that’s packed with those practical bits. It's all on our school calendar too: School Website > Parent Information > Calendar)

Please take a very well-earned rest over the summer and I shall see you all in September for..., well, for whatever fate, and government policies, and pandemics, and pangolins decide to throw at us next.

Mr Richard Smith

Mr R. Slightly-frayed-around-the-edges Smith
Principal

On these pages you will find:

Principal's Hello:

     - Principal's Hello - Thursday 7th May 

     - Principal's Hello - Monday 27th April 
     - Principal's Hello - Friday 17th April 
     - Principal's Hello - Friday 3rd April
     - Principal's Hello - Friday 27th March

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Support for Parents:

If you have found any other useful sites or resources you would like us to add to this list, please just contact us.

Government Guidance

Following Government guidance, as of Monday 23rd March Ogbourne CofE Primary School asks parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible. We have been asked to remain open only for those children who absolutely have to attend.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

For further Government infomation "Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision" please go to:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Ogbourne School Closure

If Ogbourne School has to close, the decision will be one that we have been directed to take. Under such circumstances, we would like to share the following information:

  • this new page has been created especially on our school website setting work for parents and children to access contingency work
  • staff will check emails regularly during their working hours
  • in addition to the work detailed below, staff will be adding to and updating this page every 2-3 days
  • staff have created temporary email addresses on which they can be contacted directly during their working hours:
    acornsogbourne@hotmail.com
    oaksogbourne@outlook.com
    ogbournewillows@outlook.com
    ogbournepoplars@outlook.com
  • there is no expectation for parents to email their child’s completed work to staff, nor for staff to be returning completed work during this period
  • we will monitor and review these procedures on a regular basis
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