05 Jun

Hello again everyone, it has been a few weeks since I have written a blog. Rest assured, I haven’t stopped working! As I sit here in my new office (my kitchen) the rain is pounding down on my sky lights. The weather has changed as lockdown eases, let’s hope this puts people off going out this weekend and they all stay at home.

Last Sunday George, my dog Angus and I went for a walk that we usually do in the countryside not too far from where we live. Normally, the car park is empty and we would struggle to see 3 people during the walk of about 5k. Last Sunday, the weather was good, the car park was full and there were people everywhere. They left litter, had barbecues which resulted in a fire and were not socially distancing. It felt very uncomfortable so we did the right thing and came home.

This Sunday is my niece Isla’s 10th Birthday. I have only seen my nieces through our family zoom quizzes virtually since lockdown. This Sunday we planned a BBQ and a socially distanced meet in their garden at 2 metres apart. Now – I don’t know about your family but in my family our natural instinct when we see each other is to cuddle, hug and kiss each other. Even if this means my sister chasing George around the house until he gives in to her kisses and cuddles! I can’t imagine how un-natural it will feel on Sunday not to be able to hug and kiss my nieces, sister and Mum…. But we are all in this together and I know that many of you have had birthdays in lockdown that were not as you had imagined either.

This week our very own Mr Southerington set a task for everyone on Showbie. He had asked everyone to share their acts of kindness. I thought this was a brilliant idea. Miss Crossley set extra English homework which James didn’t think was an act of kindness! Both Mrs Culhane and Miss Mellor had bought homeless people food. Look at Mrs Culhane’s poster. Top effort to you Mrs Culhane.

My act of kindness was to do my Dad’s shopping, washing, cleaning and ironing. Get me! What has your act of kindness been this week? It could just be a small act of kindness. When you do this it does make you feel good inside.

Over the next few days families at Spring Brook Upper and across the trust will be getting phone calls from staff. This is so that we can update our student risk assessments for when we consider a return to school. Please answer the phone – we know that many of you don’t like to answer the phone to an unknown number so you may receive a text message from our staff informing you about when they will phone. It is really important that we can work together during this time to update this information. We will do this every three weeks.

On that note, thank you in advance for your support during this time. I am enjoying seeing the students engage with their learning on Showbie. A reminder that there will be REWARDS for the students who are accessing and completing their learning on Showbie when we return to school. So keep up the good work everyone and enjoy the weekend.

Stay alert, stay safe and stay home where possible. Sending love from my home to yours.

Miss Rodgers
Head of Site

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