Headteacher's Newsletter

27 March 2020

Headteacher’s newsletter

Dear Parents,

I hope you and your family are well and that you are all keeping safe.

The school has been open for children of key workers and the week has run very smoothly. However, it is not the same without you all and we are missing you very much! We hope that you are all coping well with the situation and that you are keeping in touch with each other.

Spiritual Guidance

During this time, we turn to our faith more than ever. You will know that all masses have been paused, but there are still plenty of ways we can remain close to God. Both St Vincent's and Holy Angels are live-streaming masses; these can be accessed via their Facebook pages.

There are many internet sites offering resources that are useful at this time, including Mission Together, which provides activities suitable for your family https://missiontogether.org.uk/school-closures-home-activities/ and My Catholic Life, which provide adult reflections. Sites have been updated to include prayers for healing and hope. These can be accessed at  https://mycatholic.life/catholic-prayers/a-prayer-for-healing-and-hope/ 

This is a time to live out our mission by reaching out to those who are frightened, isolated or poorly. A friendly call or message can make a big difference to a person’s day. This is when we can truly let our light shine.

You may be aware that the diocese has had some movement and that the Bishop asked Fr Martin to move on to another parish. It has all happened rather quickly but we did not want this moment to pass without thanking Fr Martin for all he has done for the children, parents and parish of Holy Angels. We wish him well for the future and hope that he settles in his new parish in Stockport.  We will welcome Fr David Long to Holy Angels parish.

Pope Francis in Prayer

Join Pope Francis in prayer and receive his extraordinary “Urbi et orbi” blessing this Friday at 5pm (UK time). The initiative was announced by Pope Francis on Sunday during the Angelus when he said “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”.

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-03/pope-prayer-friday-urbietorbi-plenary-indulgence.html

 

Wellbeing

How do I talk to my child about Coronavirus?

Your child may understandably be concerned or worried by what they see, read or hear in the news, online or from friends regarding coronavirus (covid-19). As a parent or carer, it is good to talk to them honestly but calmly about what is happening, and to not ignore or shield them from what is going on in the world. Children look to adults in their life for comfort when they are distressed, and will take a lead on how to view things from you. Remember, you do not have to have all the answers, but it is better to have a gentle conversation to reassure your child that they can talk to you so they do not feel like they are on their own. Young Minds have produced some information to support parents with this at https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Children’s Wellbeing and Staying Active

Did you manage to do the Body Coach sessions at 9am each day this week? Personal trainer Joe Wicks has streamed live free PE classes at 9am Monday to Friday this week via his YouTube channel for children of all ages, in a bid to keep everyone moving. Give it a try, if you haven’t already at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Hands up who has been on Smiling Mind this week? If you do not have the app you can download it from the App Store or Google Play. Then you can carry out your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device. The suggested time is 10 minutes per day https://www.smilingmind.com.au/

Adult Wellbeing and Staying Active

The following NHS website contains tips and advice on supporting your mental wellbeing and coping with how you may feel while staying at home https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/  Also, Smiling Mind is for grown-ups, too! If you prefer not to use an app, choose a piece of music to listen to; take a moment to breathe and ground yourself. Just listen. Notice. Reflect.

Our physical health really affects how we feel. As we know, it is important to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. It can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making us feel worse. Try to get outside in the garden, for a walk or a run if you can, or try one the NHS follow-along home-workout videos.https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/

Google Classrooms - Virtual Learning

I would like to say thank you to you all for working with us to implement google classrooms.

I am sure you can all appreciate how quickly we have all had to adjust to our new way of virtual learning including parents, children and teachers. We have all done a fantastic job in providing educational experiences for the children. Every child should now be able to access their google classroom; if you cannot access google classrooms then please contact helpdesk@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk and we will help you.

It is important to us that you know that google classroom is there to support you with your child’s home learning through the school closure period. Please do not feel that there is any pressure to complete every task on the day - it may suit your family to work through the activities on a weekly basis. Teachers have added weekly timetables to help you manage your time.  In these early days, we will carefully monitor the volume of work set and adjust as necessary. At this time, our first priority is to ensure the children, parents and teaching staff in our community feel as happy, safe and as secure as possible so please do enjoy the family time together too.

In addition to your home learning, here are some optional sites for your child to explore.

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com

11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/

1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ

1.30pm - Dance https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065

2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package

4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

Home Learning Snippets

We would like to hear about all of your experiences during this time. Thank you to a parent who sent in their lovely experience this week.

“On Monday morning we went for our walk. Outside a house, we walked past there was a sign saying, “please help yourself to a book”. There was a small bucket of books and the top one was Mr. Stink! So, that’s our Stop, Drop and Read book. Lots of lovely community gestures and blessings!”

Today we break up for Easter. Our home learning will recommence on Tuesday 14 April.

Kind regards,

Mrs Harrop 

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

Testimonials

We couldn’t be happier with St Vincent’s, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
We love St Vincent’s, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey