Dear Parents and families
As we approach the end of what can only be described as a most challenging and unprecedented year, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support.
This autumn term has been like no other. However, despite the hygiene practises, the distancing measures and the restrictions we have had to adhere to, I am proud to say that school has felt like an oasis of normality in the chaos of fear and uncertainty that we are all trying to live with.
The children have been a delight and a tonic. They came back to school in September with an eagerness and desire to learn and this is so evident in their daily lessons. Attendance has been excellent as is behaviour.
We have just completed our autumn term assessments and comparisons with the baselines from September demonstrate really pleasing, and in many cases, exceptional progress. We will use this data to further inform our spring term planning and we will continue to identify and address any gaps in learning.
With news of a vaccine, we are optimistically and tentatively planning for a return to some of the routines and activities that have been thus far restricted; the annual residential is booked for June, we will reschedule swimming and are looking forward to an Easter service in church with hymns and songs abound!
Ruth and the PTA have done a sterling job of fundraising through the Co-op schemes, the Hamper Prize Draw and the Virtual Balloon Race. Money raised last year has already paid for the homework books, the new maths scheme, new picnic benches and 8 new Laptops! Again this couldn’t happen without the support of all our families, so thank you!
We are planning a Parents’ Evening in the New Year, what format this will take will depend on the guidelines at the time. But we do hope to see you in school sometime soon!
Christmas is just around the corner, and as some of you may have seen on social media, that the hospital is unable to put up Christmas decorations but would be allowed to put up laminated pictures which could be sanitised. The pupils at Irthington rose to the challenge and everyone drew or coloured in pictures, which were laminated and sent off to the Cumberland Infirmary. I am pleased to say that they are now on display and have brought some Christmas cheer to some of the wards!
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the team at Irthington, to wish everyone a fun filled and relaxing Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021.