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Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now half way through this half-term and I would like to update you with where we are at as a school.

A number of new children and their families have joined Woodside  in the primary and secondary departments. We extend a special welcome to you and are looking forward to getting to know the children well and to working with you as your child makes their journey through the school.

None of the current situation has been straightforward or easy for families, for children or for the Woodside team. However, it seems that the whole community is pulling together magnificently in spite of the daily challenges.

If you are a parent working at home, we know how difficult that can be. Whether your child is attending on site or learning from home, we appreciate all that you are doing to support your child and their education. Your number one job as a parent is to keep your children safe and well. Parents and carers are not expected to be teachers! You are not expected to be experts in all the subjects, knowledge and skills that your children learn. As one of our teachers has commented,

‘Our parents and carers have been an invaluable source of support and encouragement for both the teachers and their children. Not only are they juggling difficulties themselves, they are also assisting us in providing an education to their children’.

We will continue to do all that we can to support your child and you, so please continue to make us aware of any difficulties you are facing through the Google classroom, by telephone or email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our remote learning offer has been published on the school website . There is no one-size-fits-all at Woodside so  click here for an explanation of the range of learning that is on offer; https://www.woodside.bexley.sch.uk/learning-from-home.

We are doing our best to meet the many demands and needs in the most appropriate way for each individual. We are factoring in your preferences as far as is possible. The senior leadership team is constantly  reviewing the situation, factoring-in a number of rapidly-changing issues. Currently,  it is a delicate balancing act between

  • ensuring our current offer to critical workers and pupils who we have felt are most vulnerable continues so that they can attend as they currently are between now and the end of term
  • ensuring high quality remote learning through Google Classroom for all children and supported by teachers and support staff for children on site and at home
  • running the rapid testing programme
  • regular review whether and when it is possible to begin to increase numbers on site.

We welcome communication from you and if you have any concerns we will always listen and seek to address them and so please do not hesitate to make contact. You can do this in number of ways; through regular calls with the class team, by email to the school office; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 01322 350123.

We are longing to welcome our whole community back on site at the earliest opportunity and in the meantime trust that you and your families remain safe and well.

Kathryn

Kathryn Freame

Head of School

 

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