End of Year Message - Friday 17th July 2020

The end of the 2019-2020 academic year is upon us and it will certainly be a year that will live long in our memory!

September 2019 seems a distant memory.  Our year began with excitement and energy as we launched our new school vision.  The weeks passed by and as Christmas arrived we had the enjoyment of our nativity plays and Christingle service in the church.  Our Christmas Fayre last year was also a huge success.  Then onto the spring term and as we were in full stride with our learning the uncertainty of possible school closure loomed.

With just 2 days’ notice school closed for the vast majority of children on Friday 20th March.  However the term ‘closure’ is far from the truth.  Since the beginning of lockdown Silverstone CE Primary has only closed its doors for all children on 4 days. During this unprecedented time we have all faced new challenges.  ‘Remote learning’ and ‘key workers’ became new phrases we often used over the past few weeks.  We have all had our ups and downs both at school and at home but we also seen the very best of our local community.  Remote learning can never be perfect as there is not one model that suits every family.  We are the first to say that our remote learning hasn’t worked for every family but we can say that we are proud of our approach and how we have tried to adapt and change to suit the needs of the vast majority of our school community.

As we end this year I wish to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to EVERYONE. Firstly, thank you to every single member of staff.  It is only when you work in a school you realise how much work actually takes place behind the scenes.  The entire team at Silverstone have gone above and beyond to provide the best provision we can that suits the vast majority of parents. Secondly I wish to thank all the children.  They have missed their friends, missed out on various opportunities planned for the summer term and have had to develop resilience and determination when working at home.  Well done to all of you. Finally, my thanks to all of you, our parents.  It was not your choice to teach your children at home whilst trying to continue with your own work at the same time.  For many families it has been a logistical battle.  Irrelevant of how much remote learning you managed to cover you should be proud of your efforts.

I mentioned in one of my earlier communications during lockdown that we don’t expect anyone to be a super-hero and complete all the remote learning whilst maintaining your own job. However I strongly believe we are all super-heroes in one form or another in the way we have coped during these challenging times.  Many of us are extremely tired and we all deserve a much needed rest over the summer break.  I certainly hope everyone can find some time to relax and unwind over the summer break.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer.

Best Wishes & God Bless

James Bloomfield


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