April 2020Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2020.
Dear Parents, carers and friends of St Oswald’s School,
During these difficult times of uncertainty, worry and isolation I would like to send you my best wishes and let you know I am thinking of all our children and school families during these most difficult of times. It is life as we have never known it before. I hope and pray that all within our school community and parish have the strength and positivity to come through these times, staying safe and healthy in body and mind.
Our school has remained partially open since Monday 23 March, during our national lockdown, for the children of our parents who are key workers. Many key worker parents have been able to look after their children within their households themselves through work shift patterns and rotas, but for those who are unable to do this, due to their work demands and work patterns staff have been working in the school on a rota basis to look after the children and serve these families.
The skeleton staff in school have been following strict guidelines to keep the children, their families and themselves safe. Most of the school building is closed down, after being deep cleaned, with only two classrooms, one set each of pupil and staff toilets, the hall and office areas open daily. Children have adapted quickly to their new routines, hand washing every 30 minutes, lining up separately, working on their own table, using their own stationary sets, having their own hand gel, Teachers teaching from a distance, eating lunch at their own table and the saddest of all playing on their own at break times and lunch to ensure social distancing takes place for everyone during the hours of 8.45pm and 3.30pm. All staff have commented that the children in school have been excellent and in turn I commend the school staff who are continuing to do a wonderful job for our children and families accessing our school. Staff when not working in school are keeping in touch with their classes remotely and have been busy keeping the children busy at home with a good range of work tasks. A big thank you to all children and parents for working so hard to keep the learning happening at home.
On behalf of all the staff and Governors of St Oswald’s, I once again send to you all my good wishes to remain, strong, positive, happy, calm and safe throughout these most challenging of times.
God Bless and take care
H T Lennon – Head Teacher