“HOW could seven days pass so quickly? It only seems like yesterday that we were preparing for the return of Pre-Prep children into school and now a week on, displays of work are on classroom walls and corridors, cups have again been awarded in Assembly and an energetic hubbub of noise once again drenches the school in laughter, squeals of giggles and chatter. There is a positive energy streaming through the classrooms as we remind ourselves of routines, friendships and the fun of togetherness!

“As I write, Nursery children are preparing for their Mother’s Day ‘montage’, Year 1 are out in the garden honing their football skills with Mrs McAlinden and Mr Batty, Reception are getting back into the swing of sentence writing and Year 2 are full of smiles as they confidently explained to me how to make half using different methods of calculation. This is the ‘normal’ that we have been so waiting to achieve and do so well.

“Parents in Pre-Prep were invited to our termly consultations on Wednesday evening. It was a very successful online sharing of settling-back into class and progress in all its spheres. It was a valuable time to discuss friendships, learning habits and next steps. Thank you for your clear support and desire to work together for the benefit of your children.

“We look ahead to a busy week at Acremont, as we welcome Ms Harriet Gervasio into school on Monday for hand-over conversations as she prepares to take over from Mrs Stevens as Deputy Head of King’s Ely Acremont at the start of the Summer Term. We are holding interviews to fill our Teaching Assistant vacancy on Wednesday and we also welcome Anthea Kenna (our King’s Ely Liaison Governor) into school to resume her visits and valued connection with our section of the school. Finally, on Friday 19th March, we hope to raise money for our Wildlife Trusts charity and Red Nose Day as we conclude the week with a non-uniform day with the theme ‘a touch of fun’.

“It was on this Friday last year that we first discussed the fast spreading virus known as Covid-19, the possibility of remote learning and the likely early conclusion to the Lent Term. A year on, with our children firmly back in school, we are now looking forward with anticipation; the vaccination and testing programmes are taking effect and the idea of ‘normal’ can once again define steady and constant routines.

“With my best wishes for a relaxing and happy weekend.”

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