“GOODNESS me! What a term this has been. And as we conclude today, every parent, child and member of staff will have formed their own memory of these past months. Mine is overwhelmingly about Friday 5th March. It was a pivotal day in school when lockdown learning was coming to an end and all children were about to come together again in school on the Monday morning. The day had both an end of term and a start of term expectation about it, which lit Acremont House with goodwill and positivity. Children were bouncy and staff were laughing. It seemed remarkable that there was still that level of cheer, camaraderie and spirit left in the ‘barrel’ after such a demanding period of time. And now, after three weeks of ‘normal’, we are indeed beginning to feel more like ourselves once more. Routines have been re-established, friends have been reunited and the busy rhythm and whirl of the ‘everyday’ calms and soothes those January blues away.

“There is much to look forward to in the Summer Term. We have planned events based on the current ‘Road Map’ as published by the Government and we hope, after 21st June, to welcome families to events, complete a full transition programme and conclude the academic year with our memorable service in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. Calendar dates and details will be available in full, in the Summer Term Almanack.

“Today we say goodbye to Sarah Stevens, our Deputy Head. Mrs Stevens has been a dedicated and much loved member of our team for seven years and has supported both staff and children with kindness, a great sense of humour and considerable professional experience for which we are very grateful and wish her every happiness in her future adventures.

“As our thoughts turn to the Summer Term, please dust-off summer uniforms and prepare for weekly visits to King’s Ely Junior’s (KEJ) swimming pool. I am very grateful to the KEJ Sports Team for also agreeing to run Games and PE lessons concurrently with swim sessions next term, as we power up and prepare for our Summer Sports Afternoon, held on New Field at KEJ. Club activities will also resume during the week commencing 26th April.

“Mindful of the need to balance the busyness of a usual Summer Term with purposeful learning after lockdown, the teaching teams are now preparing exciting and challenging creative curriculums, ranging from mini-beasts in Reception to time travel in Year One and a historic delve into the origins of the Great Fire of London in Year Two. We look forward to our much-anticipated Festival of Reading week before commencing rehearsals in year groups for our sharing assemblies with families, towards the end of term.

“This term, our Acremont and Nursery children have shown themselves to be resilient, determined, brave and wonderful, and now they deserve the rest and relaxation of family time as we approach the Easter Holidays. I wish you all a super holiday and thank you on behalf of all of the staff, for your kind and energetic support this term.”

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