Well here we are again, back into lockdown. We were warned that it might happen, but now that it is a reality, there is some anxiety around the place.
Teachers spent yesterday morning working on their class sites just in case lockdown is extended through next week. We will find out tomorrow and I will be able to email an update to you. If we are still in lockdown, teachers will continue with the on line learning. One good thing (if this is a good thing) staff and families are old hands and know what to do.
There is a lot of information about well-being, depression and anxiety with a lot of resources available. I urge you to look into these, even if you don’t think your child is anxious or depressed. Children know what to expect during lockdown and the novelty factor has completely worn off.
The Ministry of Education website has some great ideas as well as lists of places to get support. Note it was written during the last lockdown so the learning sites are not available anymore, but it is worth having a look. Ministry of Education Helping Children and Young People
The Ministry of Health has a list of very useful resources to support well-being, not just for parents but for children as well. Ministry of Health Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
Please don’t dismiss this as not necessary, we know that when the children returned last time, there were many with underlying anxiety about Covid 19. I also know how much it had affected a number of our staff and we made a real effort to provide an environment where their well-being was supported.
On a happier note, should the lockdown continue, I am looking forward to getting back to walking the neighbourhood and park and having the time to ‘smell the flowers’. I am looking forward to having time to read, I am looking forward to having time to find recipes to cook. Mind you, we all might be back at school on Monday so my list of things I was looking forward to will be put on hold!
I will keep you all updated as I find out more.
Quiz Night 12 September
Yes, we are feeling positive that this will go ahead. Tickets have almost sold out so get in now to book a table now. Go on, be positive that we will be out of lockdown!
The builders, painters, tilers are all working hard during level 3 to get the admin block ready for us to take over next week. The plastic has come down and the interior is being painted as we speak. Remember though, when you walk in you won’t notice any difference, the Ministry have just replaced 3 exterior walls and changed the roof line. Nothing has been done to the interior, but at least the mould and rot has gone! We can’t wait to get back in there.
p.s. Please remember to be considerate on the roads around school. This week we were provided with this photo of an unattended car parked on yellow lines at the end of Spencer Street, causing huge chaos with the rain and people unable to turn cars around.