22nd Oct, 2020

Hanbury School staff's letter and video for the pupils who can't come back yet

STAFF at Hanbury First School have written a letter to pupils in the years which have not been able to get back in the classroom.

The staff were mindful that while it was good to be welcoming reception and year one children back, they wanted to let youngsters in other years know they were missing them.

And they wanted to let all the ‘home-schoolers’ know they were proud of them and their efforts while unable to be in school.

The letter explains Mr Payne would love to have all the children back but at the moment important rules need to be followed and gives year four a special mention as they will be moving onto middle school without being able to say goodbye.

A special letter for the year fours and the team has also created a ‘Wednesday wave’ video

Click below to watch the video and the letter to years two, three and four is below in full.

The letter to pupils in full

Hello Year 2, 3 and 4! How are you?

This month we have been allowed to welcome the children in Reception and Year 1 back to school. They have joined the children of key workers in their own little classes or “bubbles” as we call them.

It is really lovely to see the younger children; however, we understand that it might seem strange that they are allowed back but that you are being asked to stay at home. Some of you might even have brothers or sisters who are at school.

Mr Payne wishes he was allowed to ask you all back, but there are important rules he has to follow that are in place to keep you, your families, friends and teachers safe. We have to make sure everyone’s “bubble” is happy and healthy, so we have been told that each group has to be nice and small.

You and your families have all been amazing for so long now, showing how we live out our Hanbury Values of friendship, endurance, forgiveness, trust, kindness and respect.

We have seen lots of wonderful work sent into school, along with pictures and news about how you have been making the most of what is a really tricky time.

If you are feeling a bit confused, fed up or even a bit cross about the way things are at the moment we really do understand. It is very important that you try to tell a grown up if you are feeling unhappy or worried. They can try and answer your questions, find something to do to cheer you up, help you to keep in touch with your friends and teachers or maybe just give you a big cuddle.

Everyone at school is incredibly proud of each and every one of you. We think and talk about you all the time and miss you very much. You can be sure that as soon as those rules say that we can ask you all back, we will… and what a happy day that will be!

A special mention to our fabulous Year 4s… there is no way we are going to let you leave without saying a proper goodbye!

It might not be before you start your new schools, but we will try very hard to make sure you get a chance to be together again as a class.

Mrs Ball and Mrs Hope are working with your new schools to try and make this time of change as exciting and enjoyable as possible.

Keep in touch, keep positive and keep being brilliant!

Mr Payne has also written directly to Year 4, revealing plans to invite them back in September to say an official “goodbye”!

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