Dear Families,

What an unusual half term we have had! This is definitely one that will go down in history and I hope many of you have filled in the ‘Time Capsule’ memories to share with us when we return to school.

It has been fantastic once again to see the children busy in their Seesaw and Google Classrooms and I and the Teachers and Governors are very proud in the way the children have responded to distance learning. Thank you for supporting – we know it isn’t easy. Some real perseverance and dedication from so many of our children and families. But once again, please remember, home is not school. Do as much as you can and do not get anxious about this. Reach out to the class teacher if you need support.

All the staff have responded positively too to their new role in distance learning – although missing the children very much - and have been learning different ways of adapting to the new way of working. I for one am enjoying Miss Morris’ and Mrs Knight’s story reading, as well as seeing all the children reading their stories.

We still have no further news on when or how school buildings will begin to open in Wales and await Welsh Government Guidance. When we do know more, we will keep you fully informed on the plans and how we intend to open to children and keep everyone safe. I don’t think it will be ‘normal’ for a while yet.

The Chepstow Hub is continuing to provide for key worker families and identified vulnerable learners, with a staff rota to support.

Website: This is continually being updated with school life and new resources to help you at home. There are still some areas which will be addressed next half term e.g. updated polices, prospectus, calendar etc. If you have any ideas as a family that a section / information is missing, please email us and we can put this right.

Wellbeing Wednesday: Please check in to Seesaw and the website every Wednesday to see ideas/activities to support your family’s well-being. I know many of our Pembroke Team are using them too.

Transition to Nursery / Reception and Year 7: Plans are already being put in to place for pupils starting Wyedean or Chepstow Schools in September and I know those schools have been in touch with learners about the possible next steps. We are putting tentative ideas together for our new to nursery and reception families as it will be very doubtful we will be able to hold a family transition meeting in school this term. Please be assured we will be in touch with families as soon as we know more.

Half Term Break: Over half term, Teachers will not be setting any new online learning. This gives families a ‘natural break’ from learning. However, if you and your child wish to carry on learning – please do so. We would love children to try out the learning activities on the fortnightly planner if their focus has been more on the English and Maths activities. There are also further resources on our website.

Teachers are also busy preparing paper copy resources. Once again, this is not new learning, but available for those families who find it easier than working on a computer.

Collection of paper copy resources will be available from Pembroke Primary school on Wednesday 3rd June – 9am – 12pm.

Half Term Challenges:

Race for Life:

See our school video of how we would like you and all the Pembroke Team to get involved with this years ‘Race for Life at Home’. We can’t wait to see your challenges!

Head teacher Challenge: Thinking of our return to school, we wanted the children to get creative. We want to create areas / displays of positivity around the school. Please choose from below – or do all – it is up to you.

  • For our Wellbeing garden - Paint a pebble– e.g. a rainbow, sunshine, wildlife

  • To ‘fly’ around the corridors in school - Write a message of your hope for the future on a butterfly outline (or freely drawn)

  • For our Kindness tree – create a bee – busy bee-ing kind; or a leaf. Then write words that show how you are being or can be kind.

  • For our gratitude tree – create a leaf and write who you are thankful for and why

Remember to put your names on your creations. Be as creative as you like.

On a final note, we continue to be committed (albeit from a distance for now) to everyone continuing to develop positive attitudes towards learning, a positive mindset and a healthy wellbeing.

Alongside our school motto of: ‘Happy and Secure, Learning together’, the children and staff are encouraged to keep in their minds these phrases:

Be Kind

Be Happy

Be Safe

Be Brilliant

Be the best you can be!

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a lovely weekend and week.

Helen Hampson Head teacher

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